Terra Dolce (1990-92) and AX Currency Exchange (2006-08) advanced to the semifinals as they routed their respective opponents in the 4th St. John’s Institute Alumni Basketball Friendship Cup at the Msgr. John B. Liu Activities Center.
Top Seed AX pulled away in the fourth quarter to put away No. 8 team 11 Degrees (1996-98) with an 82-59 win, while No. 2 Terra Dolce dominated No. 7 Orix (2001-02) for the first three quarters for a convincing 67-48 victory.
Games today will feature knockout semis matches with Terra Dolce up against the Legends (1989 & earlier) at 6:30 p.m. followed by AX against Shakey’s (2009-11) at 8 p.m.
The winners will advance to a one game final and the loser will play for third place scheduled on Thursday.
AX (formerly Dynamic Metals) and Terra Dolce (Jollibee) were the finals protagonist last year. Looking forward to another title showdown, AX hopes to defend its title while Terra Dolce hopes to avenge last year’s loss.
In taming Orix, TD had an 18-6 opening quarter lead as Deonyson Dy connected on two triples supported by Jerky Ong and Bol Manaloto.
Terra Dolce kept the lead at the half, 38-21, buoyed by Chris Javelosa’s 12 inside points, and Richard Co’s jumpers that gave him 8 points even as Robert June Genovea scored 9 points for Orix.
The offense of TD slowed down in the third quarter after scoring 11 points, but Orix could do no better as they only netted 9 points for a 49-30 disadvantage.
After missing the last two games due to a knee injury, Peewee Demonteverde had a surprise appearance for TD, scoring 2 points and dishing out five assists.
Javelosa and Co topscored for Terra Dolce with 12 points each while Guevarra paced Orix, also with 12 points.
Meanwhile, AX had a great start at 22-10 lead as Charles Del Castillo poured in 12 points while Kenneth Yap delivered 8 points for 11 Degrees.
11 Degrees, however, rallied in the next two quarters as they outscored AX and cut the deficit to 50-47 as Arvin Chua and Dino Tongco scored 12 points apiece.
But their defense sputtered in the fourth quarter AX outscored 11 Degrees, 32-12, with Martin Jalandoni and Danty Ma spearheading a balanced offensive with seven other players scoring in the quarter.
Del Castillo topscored for AX with 20 points, Ma added 16, Jeremy Coo shot 10, Leif Ledesma had 8, and Mark Coo with 7 points.
Tongco finished with 18 points in a losing effort while Tim Garrucho made 10 points.*with a report from Stephen Tan
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