HOBE Macway Travel defeated Jumbo Plastic Linoleum, 92-86, on Wednesday night to reach the finals of the Republica Cup basketball tournament at the Malolos Sports and Convention Center.
Sunday Salvacion had 20 points including six three-pointers while Al Vergara had seven of his 15 points in the fourth quarter as Hobe Macway Travel seized the lead after trailing 59-62 entering the final canto.
Shooster Olago tallied 17 points while Mac Belo chipped in 16 for Hobe Macway Travel, which clinched a seat in the championship game set on Thursday night, also in Malolos City.
Vergara, a former PBA and ABL cager from St. Francis of Assisi College, scored all of his seven in the back end of a 12-5 run to put Hobe Macway Travel ahead for good, 74-69.
Jeff Viernes scored 22 points for reigning PCBL Founders Cup champion Jumbo Plastic Linoleum, which put up a gallant fight against a Hobe team with several former PBA players that also included Bonbon Custodio and Jondan Salvador.