Sharp/Ming’s Pei Pa Kua cagers strengthened their bid for this year’s title as they beat Chowking/Munsterrific, 82 – 69, to remain undefeated in Bracket B of the Bacolod Tay Tung High School Alumni Basketball Cup at the Po Hang Gym in Bacolod City.
Fielding their big men in the opening minutes, Sharp/Ming’s Candy surged ahead with a 25 – 4 to rattle Chowking/Munsterrific.
Sharp took control of the boards and tightened their defense to force Chowking to commit costly turnovers. Stephen Yee to score nine points for Sharp while teammates Brian Tan and James Tan added eight points each in the first quarter binge.
Chowking bounced back in the second canto, outscoring Sharp, 29-17, as Scott Marcelo sizzled with 11 points, including three hits from the three-point arc, to narrow the gap at halftime, 31-42.
Another Chowking rally in the third quarter cut Sharp’s advantage into three points and eventually giving them the lead as James Kho led the charge for a 54-51 mark.
Sharp prevented an endgame collapse as Benley Uy and Peter Galon restored the play in order by scoring 10 points and 6 points, respectively, to get back the lead at 59 -54 going into the payoff period.
The veterans controlled the game for Sharp/Ming’s candy in the final quarter, effectively silencing Chowking/Munsterrific shooters until the final buzzer.
Alan Pol Morales topscored for Sharp/Ming’s Candy with 16 points, Galon finished with 15, while Benley Uy tallied 10 points.
Chowking/Munsterrific was led by Scot Marcelo with 17 points and James Kho 14 with points.
Meanwhile, defending champion Willtrade Marketing continued their mastery over former two-time champion Team 5, with an 86 – 70 win to top Bracket A.
Willtrade started strong in the first quarter with Bong Lopez scoring 20 big points, and Romel Ting and Siopao Dichavez scoring 14 points between them to outscore Team Five, 34 – 11. Leo Vista led Team Five with 5 points.
Team 5 tried to comeback in the second quarter with Carl Edemne rampaging with 15 points, but Willtrade focused to contain their momentum with a no let up defense to neutralize Team Five’s offense.
The third quarter showed signs of momentum shifting in Team Five’s favor as Willtrade sputtered on their offense, but the defending champs regained their footing in the final quarter to seal the victory.
Malvin Pineda topscored for Willtrade with 16 points, Carlo Chu added 13 points., John Paul Nieles and Third Deloso scored 9 and 6 points, respectively.
Team Five was led by Carl Edemne with 21 points, Bambam Guevarra added 13 points, and Edward Uy 9 points.
Also registering a win in the latest match-ups were Mang Inasal/Jomabo with an 84-60 win against Team 10, and Royal Sun Travel with an 84-70 final score against Team 9.*NAB
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