Stephen Tan picked the right time to shine as he drilled eight triples in the second half as Basecom turned back JSY Transport, 117-103 in the Fil-Sino All Asian Countertrade Inc. 2nd Conference Inter-Color Basketball Tournament at the Bacolod Tay Tung High School Po Hang Gym.
In the other game, JSY Countertrade scored its second straight victory by prevailing over Royal Star Trading, 91-82.
Tan’s explosive treys in the third and fourth quarters complemented the 38-point output of Kirrel Brahndon Montalbo as Basecom cruised to its third victory after four games.
Basecom took a slim 55-54 lead as Montalbo scored 18 points, backed up by Richard Co and Ritchie Militante combining for 20 points, while Yan Yan Dy paced Transport by scoring 14 points and getting support from Dan Gustilo and Dr. Emil Guanzon, who combined for 15 points.
After a lackluster first half performance, Tan started scoring from the three-point arc in the third quarter as he connected with three treys.
Five more three-pointers in the payoff quarter from Tan sealed Basecom’s victory as Montalbo once again displayed a consistent performance inside the hardcourt with a 20-point second half output.
Militante also made his presence felt for Basecom with 10 points in the third quarter and finished with 20 points while Richard Co registered 24 points to blow away JSY Transport.
In the second game, the first three quarters were close as JSY Countertrade took a 42-41 lead at the half, but it was back to square one at the end of third with the score tied at 64-all.
But the trio of Robbie Jalando-on , Bong Palo and Ryan Manaloto with 10, 7 and 5 points, respectively, combined to thwart any Royal Star rally in the payoff period.
Seven players ended in double digit for JSY Countertrade led by Robbie Jalando-on with 18 points, Palo 14, Jan Jan Lopue and Ryan Manaloto 12 points each, Wilson Dy and Marvin Ortiz with 10 points apiece.
Ton Ton Chua delivered 18 points in a losing effort, triple specialist Eduardo Ng added 14 points, Nico Lopingco shot 13, Alex Chua made 12 points, Charlton Ong picked up 10 points, and Jordan Chua with 9 points.
Games at 7 p.m. tonight will pit Organic Solutions against Huminova Tigers, followed by the game between AACI Trading against AACI Farms at 8:30 p.m.
The top six teams in the tournament, exclusive for Fil-Sino members, will advance to the quarterfinals with the No. 1 and No. 2 teams clinching automatic semifinals seat. Team 3 to 6 will play a knockout match.*NAB
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