AACI Trading missed on a chance to advance to the semifinals when it fell to AACI Farms, 96-93, in Class A of the Fil-Sino All Asian Countertrade 3rd Conference Inter-Color Basketball Tournament at Bacolod Tay Tung High School Po Hang gym.
From a 21-all standoff, Daniel Chiu made 4 out of 4 triple and teammates Nico Lopingco scored 11 points while Julius Teruel added seven points to give Farms a 55-39 lead at the break.
The Trading guys launched a comeback in the third quarter with anny Boy Uy leading the pack with 17 points to cut the deficit to 75-71. He got scoring support from Robbie Jalando-on and Fr. Clarence Canafe, who delivered six points each.
It was a down the wire finish with Trading grabbing the lead midway in the fourth quarter behind the trio of Uy, Jalando-on and Franklin Madrid, while holding the fort for Trading is the inside incursions of Ritchie Militante.
A layup from Lopingco and two free throws from Militante gave Farms some breathing room for a 95-91 lead with 23 seconds left, as a quick response by Jaland-on cut the lead to two points.
With 12 seconds remaining, Militante split his charities as Trading missed on two triple attempts as Farms secured the victory.
Militante tallied 21 points, 15 of them in the fourth quarter, Lopingco added 17, Chiu with 15 points, Ren Ren lacson scored 14, and Vincent Tan shot 10 points.
Uy finished with 33 points, including seven triples in a losing effort, Madrid delivered 16, Rommel Genovea and Jalando-on shot 14, Tim Garrucho scored 9, and Fr. Canafe with 8 points.
Trading’s chances to advance in the semifinals hang on its performance against Royal Start Trading with both teams playing as of press deadline.
Meanwhile, JAST Enterprises defeated JSY Countertrade, 83-72, to secure the third spot in Class B encounter.
Berto Uysang scored 12 points and Ralph Richard Tan hit seven points as JAST registered a 25-12 first quarter lead, even as Archie Co scored 8 points for Countertrade.
Stephen Tan’s back-to-back treys ignited the Countertrade’s comeback and Daniel Lo followed up with three treys and a low post move from Co netted Countertrade 10 points to take the half at 44-40.
JAST rode the shoulders of Uysang in the third quarter to counter the sizzling Countertrade duo of Lo and Co, to take the lead at 63-62.
With Co sitting on the bench in the fourth quarter due to an injury, Countertrade’s offense staggered while JAST step up their fastbreak attacks engineered by Monroe chua and Jimmy Yap, scoring 10 and 6 points, respectively to seal the win.
Uysang finished with 24 points, Chua produced 21, Tan tallied 11, Yap shot 9, Brian Ong, Joseph Franco and Ariel Jimenez delivered 6 points apiece.
Co still managed to topscore for Countertrade with 24 points, Daniel Lo had 19 markers, Stephen Tan and Biboy Yap scored 9 points each, Ryan Tumbagahan made 6, and Andre Tan had 5 points.*NAB
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