PAETE, Laguna -- Sta. Cruz made it two wins in a row by blasting Luisiana, 98-43, even as Paete and Lumban defeated their respective rivals in the second round of eliminations in the first Cong. Benjie C. Agarao-4th District Inter-Town 22 years old and under men’s basketball championship at the Agarao gym here Saturday (Feb.11).
Arlan Santos and John Zernan Hernandez scored 14 points apiece for Sta. Cruz, which played with another solid team effort under coach Robert Abetria
Three other mainstays -- Glenn Jahiz Madiz, Ronald Elca and Vince Vila -- also scored in double figures for Sta. Cruz, which debuted with a 93-84 win over Lumban last Feb. 5.
Madiz finished with 13 points while Elca and Vila contributed 12 points.
Halftime score was 52-23 for Sta. Cruz.
Vince Plata paced the Andy Uy-mentored Luisiana with 17 points, followed by John Michael Eleazar with eight, Harvey Ian Cariño with six and Eugene Graida and Paul Justine Corcuera with four each.
In other Group B match, Lumban edged Sta. Cruz, 99-98, to even its record to 1-1.
Julius Herradura exploded with 35 points to power Lumban, which bounced back from last weekend’s loss to Sta. Cruz.
Burgos and Angelo Liwanag added 23 and 22 points, respectively, for Lumban of coach Alfred Mendoza.
Diether John Gonzales led Pagsanjan with 25 points, followed by Jimbo Eleva with 19 and Darwin Soriano with 14.
In the lone Group A encounter, host Paete demolished Cavinti, 103-82.
John Paulo Tam scored 24 points and Reynato Tatac Jr. added 14 points for Paete,which is playing under coach Luis Cadang.
Cavinti was paced by Aljohn Fajardo (34 points), Vincent Altar (9), Atienzo (8) and Jay-Jay Araneta (7).