UNIVERSAL Sales Group Basketboleros and NSJBI Thirty defeated their respective rivals to clinch the finals berths in the New San Jose Basketball League at the Quezon City High School gym in Kamuning.
Top seed USG crushed No. 4 Victoria de Manila, 91-72, while No. 3 seed NSJBI Thirty downed No. 2 seed Team Macro Sales, 69-65, to set up a winner- take-all encounter in this six-team tournament organized by New San Jose Builders, Inc., headed by businessman-sportsman Jose Acuzar and son Jomar Acuzar for their employees.
Former Colegio de San Lorenzo standout JC Foronda scattered a game-high 35 points for the USG Basketboleros of coach Bobby Bactat.
Kenneth Ancheta added 24 points and Alvin Padilla contributed 14.
Ryan Mendoza topscored with 21 points for Oliver Soriano mentored-Victoria de Manila All Stars.
Jeffrey Payabyab and Karl Arsolon had 18 points each and Christian Cabayao added 10 markers.
RR Telles and Albert Vergel fired 24 and 20 points for the NSJBI Thirty of playing coach Ricky Sopranes and Nhoel Estevez in pulling the rug from under highly-favored Team Macro Sales.
Jovan Valmonte carried the fight for Team Macro Sales of coach Nick Obarra with 21 points followed by Lolong Guillen with 16 points.
The six- team, one round tournament is organized by Sopranes, Theo Diaz, Nikolai Pablo and Pompey Dela Cruz.
The championship match set next week at MLQU Victoria Sports gym in EDSA, Kamuning QC with team owner Jose Acuzar) awarding the trophies to the winners.
Isabelle Sales Group (ISG) 2-3 and Construction, Bank Financing and Stradd (CBFS) 1-4 bowed out of contention in the tournament.