Huminova Tigers knocked out AACI Transport, 89-77, to strengthen its bid for the crown in Class A competition of the Fil-Sino All Asian Countertrade 3rd Conference Intercolor Basketball Tournament at Bacolod Tay Tung High School Po Hang Gym.
The loss to the Tigers was AACI Transport’s second-in-a-row as it earlier bowed to AACI Trading, 93-88, in their December 3 match-up.
In crushing the Transport guys, the Tigers went for an early lead in the first quarter as Kenderson Hao scored 10 points, while Richard Co and Bol Manaloto added 5 points each for a 24-16 lead.
Keeping the momentum going in the second canto, Tigers Yan Yan Dy, Jomie Montinola and RB Chua rallied the Tigers to a 21-point output to take the half at 43-40.
AACI Transport tried to catch up in the second half as Omar Galunan and Bol Manaloto combined for 12 points, but a balanced offence from the Tigers kept them at bay at 63-61.
Making sure that the Tigers went home with the No. 1 spot in the team standings, Dy took charge of Huminova’s offense in the fourth quarter as he sizzled with 17 points, outscoring the total fourth-quarter outpoint with 16 points.
With the win, the Tigers grabbed a twice-to-beat advantage in the semifinals.
In the game between AACI Trading and AACI Transport, Trading key players Kirrel Brahndon Montalbo and Robbie Jalando-on scored 29 points each to silence the Transport gunners.
The duo got scoring support from Chibon Uy and Devin Villacruz with 18 and 11 points, respectively.
Peter Paul Ortaliz topscored for Transport with 19 points while Rey Pandoro added 17, Manaloto shot 15, Hao made 13, Ricky Chua with 9 points.
Even with the back-to-back setbacks, AACI Transport managed to secure the second spot and will clash against the No. 3 team in the semifinals.*NAB
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