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Amigos team trounced Merque for 6th NSW Filos Basketball Cup title at Ryde YMCA

THE 6th NSW Filos Cup went to defending champion Amigos, who trounced a game Merque quintet in a nail-biting grand final, 45-42, at the Ryde YMCA Stadium, North Ryde, on Saturday, June 15.

Merque kicked off hostilities by pulling ahead, 16-6, early in the first half.

But the Amigos combination of Daryl Pepito, Chris Jimenez, Verge Alcantara and Bing Mantua soon blunted Merque’s assault and pulled the defending champions to the lead at half-time, 21-18.

Merque produced a heart-stopping run in the early minutes of the fourth quarter to send a glimmer of hope to their supporters. But the Amigos held off the attack and took the title.

In the knockout series for slots in the grand final, Amigos beat Merque, 48-28, to move up to the first position in the grand final. Merque then disposed of FNC Miller, 40-33, for the second slot.

In the other semi, FNC Miller edged JayHawks, 33-35.

In the elimination round, FNC Miller turned back Young Guns, 52-39, to place second in group A and nail the third semi slot. JayHawks outguned Rebound Miller, 45-38, to place second in group B.