Mazatlán.- After almost 20 days of regular role, the playoff series finally began in the Casa Hogar Basketball Tournament, “Octaviano El Ciudadano”, during this week, and the intense categories in the fair are already outlining favorites.

Without a doubt, the best level of the tournament is the one shown in category A, and proof of this is the key that faces The Valero with Team Powerade, where they both give their all to advance to the semifinals.

At the start of the series, it was the Team that hit first by winning 59-57 in a very close clash that was defined in the last instances.

Humberto Ovalle was the figure of the game, with 27 points, followed by Jonathan Vázquez, with 14. For El Valero, Arthur Salazar had 19 points, and Leo Arámburo, 11.

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Already in the second match, El Valero stood hard on the floor and equalized the series by defeating Powerade 71-69, again due to a tight score that the stands enjoyed.

Giancarlo López commanded the Valero offense with 24 goals, added to the 17 by Jesús Escárcega, while Mario Rodríguez (25 points) and Humberto Ovalle (20) answered for the Team.

They take the first blow

Perla Negra’s squad gave the first blow in the quarterfinals, beating Armados 69-53. The runner-up of the last tournament marked his superiority on the Casa Hogar court, and thanks to an inspired Juan Carlos Ibáñez, author of 23 points, he was able to take the game to the bag.

For Armados, David Quevedo achieved an incredible 30 points in his favor, however, it was insufficient to avoid the defeat of his team.

Meanwhile, the reigning champion of the gold division, Itmaz, started his title defense on the right foot by defeating Black Pearl over Osvel Engineering by a 67-45 thrashing.

From the start of the game, the ‘picudos’ were accurate under the hoop and took great advantages against the ‘buccaneers’. The pair of Juan Osuna and Juan Ramírez reappeared with 22 and 14 points respectively, while Diego Hanke left with 14 points for Osvel.

Old School A also took advantage of the start of the bracket against Toros by defeating him 31-25, and cherishing the next round if he wins again.

Joel Cárdenas (14 points), and Christian Espinoza (10) led the Old’s attack for the victory, and Luis Arreola and Adolfo Mora achieved 10 and six points for the Toros.

The silver division quickly defined the keys to the quarterfinals, and Trid was the first team to reach the semifinals after beating Mariscos Bonatto in a pair of duels.

First he won 42-39 thanks to 11 points from Emilio Rivas, and in the second match he eliminated Bonatto by a score of 46-43, with Emerson González as a figure (16 points).

Another team that got into the semis was Tercos, who had no problems eliminating Cevicheros Mariskeando in the key.

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Tercos won the first game 50-36, and in the second he closed the feat with a close 46-43.
La Mazatleca defeated Old School B 56-54 in the first of the series. Miguel Martínez, from Mazatleca, and Fernando Gómez, from Old, both achieved 21 points.

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