A 30-8 first quarter spurt was all Team 7 needed to silence erstwhile tournament leader Team 3 as it coasted to a convincing 88-67 triumph in the recent match-up of the Bacolod Tay Tung High School Alumni Basketball League at the Po Hang gym.
The win came on the heels of its 88-74 conquest of Team 6 last week which catapulted Team 7 to top of the team standings with five wins and one loss.
Joseph Don Hugo scattered 12 points and Brian Tan added eight points to jumpstart Team 7’s offense, leading to a 45-29 cushion at the break.
Team 3 managed an 18-17 comeback in the third quarter as James Kho scored all his 12 points in the period but Team 7 finished with a 26-20 run in the fourth quarter to secure victory.
Kim Gabriel Flores topscored for the winning squad with 15 points while Peter John Galon hit 11 markers, while Kenderson Hao drilled 21 points and Vincent Tan delivered 10 points for Team 3 which now shares the second spot with Team 6.
In the other game, Team 8 finally broke out from a losing skid with a convincing 75-60 victory over Team 4. William Kho made all his 11 points in an 18-12 opening quarter run and took the half, 37-34.
Franklin Young dropped 16 markers and Roman Galvez chipped in 10 points as Team 8 was never threatened after leading 58-43 in the third quarter.
Eisen Uy Jr. had a game-high 18 points but the rest of the team threw bricks as no one could score more than 10 points. All Team 4 could do is equalize at 17-all in the final canto.
Guest Team 2 kept its (no bearing) record clean with a 93-83 bumping of defending champion Team 5.
The Blue Dragons led 46-43 midway and finished 47-40 in the final half to give Coach Bobby Tee the victory over former BTTHS coach Gerom Aledron.
Fastbreak finisher Rolando Malate hit three triples en route to a 30-point output, while JP Frondoza and Gerard Dipol added 14 points apiece, mostly from medium range.
Aaron Paul Guevarra and RB Chua waxed hot with 29 markers each, John Simon Guevarra shared 10 points but the rest could not go over 5 points for an anemic support.
Team 5 now dropped to third place together with Team 1 at 4-2 but the record will not matter in the stepladder format as both are assured to the Top 8 spot.
Team 6 whipped Team 10 for good, 105-76 behind the combined effort of Ian Moyani, Kennth Cusay and Victor Go, Jr. who combined for 43 points.
Former Adamson Falcon Bong Palo registered 37 points, with 9 triples for the losers whose other scorers were Anthon Comoda and Joseph Solivio with 10 apiece.
On its second year, the BTTHS AL aims to promote camaraderie and unity, maintain health and wellness by keeping fit through basketball and bowling and represent school ideas of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage and respect.
Leading the alumni association is president Elbert Valencia and sports coordinator Joseph Chua who expect more alumni to participate in their future activities aside from basketball and bowling.*
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