Terra Dolce-Jollibee (1990-92) outlasted the Legends (1989 & earlier) for a 73-59 victory, while AX Currency Exchange (2006-08) rode on its third quarter cushion to hold off Shakey’s, 93-78, to arrange a championship showdown in the 4th St. John’s Institute Alumni Basketball Friendship Cup at the Msgr. John B. Liu Activities Center.
The win firmed up Terra Dolce’s posturing to challenge defending champion AX’s two-year winning streak which extends at 18 games.
TD will meet AX on Thursday at 8 p.m. before the Legends and Shakey’s slug it out for third place at 6:30 p.m.
In the game against the Legends, Terra Dolce encountered problems with the Legends’ set plays in the first half, lagging behind at 28-31 at the break as EJ Go, Reymond Andrade and Daniel Chiu delivered the points for the Legends.
Free throw misses hounded the Legends in the third canto as Archie Co displayed impeccable shooting from the perimeter and sank nine points as Terra Dolce finally took the upperhand at 48-46.
Terra Dolce scored the six points and Legends’ Atong Villanueva made a bank triple to cut the lead to five points, but the offense of Terra Dolce went into high gear as Peewee Demonteverde went scoreless in the first three quarters to score all his 11 points in the final quarter together with Chris Javelosa, who chipped in eight points to give their team a double digit lead.
Meanwhile, Shakey’s fell behind by double digits as AX capitalized on several fastbreak opportunities to take a double digit cushion led by Charles Del Castillo’s 10 points.
Shakey’s was able to recover behind the outside shooting of Allen Dionela and Luigi Coo to drew closer at 27-23.
But Shakey’s could not sustain its momentum in the next 2 quarters as AX pulled away for a 30-point lead before settling for a 73-51 lead going to the fourth quarter.
Shakey’s employed a full court press in the final minutes to stage a rally and cut the lead to 9 points.
But AX responded when Alvin Dionela and Marvin Ortiz brought back sanity to the offense of AX while its mobile frontcourt men Brian Coo and Charles Del Castillo lowpost attacks kept Shakey’s at bay.*NAB
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