Cobra Energy Drink got a big lift from Mark Binguan, who scored 42 points, and Rodel Canino, who debuted with 27 points, to route Tanduay Ice, 107-87, in the Fil-Sino Asia Brewery Inc. Inter-Color Basketball Tournament at Bacolod Tay Tung High School Pol Hang Gym, Monday night.
Also getting into the win column was Asahi Super Dry with a 118-104 win against Absolute Water in the second game.
It was not a stroll in the park for Cobra as they have to dig themselves out of a 77-70 third quarter deficit and outscore Tanduay Ice, 37-10, in the final canto behind the dominating presence of Canino in low post while Jan Jan Young provided the outside firepower.
Binguan was on fire in the first half as he delivered 27 points as Cobra posted a 50-39 advantage.
Tanduay Ice bounced back in the third quarter as Carlo Chu exploded for 23 points despite the 13-point resistance from Binguan as Cobra fell behind by seven points going to the fourth period.
Cobra also got contribution from Young with 19 points while Garret Tabanao tallied 13 points.
Chu finished with 31 points to lead Tanduay Ice, Nico Lopingco added 16 points, Joel Masadia scored 12, Richard Uy with 11 points and Monroe Chua had 6 points.
In the second game, Absolute opened with a 9-2 lead, but Asahi got its running game going anchored on the 16-point output from Julius Teruel to take a 28-16 opening quarter lead.
Playing with only five players, Absolute Water was penalized with 10 points at the start of the second quarter and fell 22 points behind Asahi.
Jessie Moreño fired 17 points as Asahi stayed atop at the break, 59-38, even as Ardian Ong and Michael Ang combined for 17 points.
Bryan Javelosa and Eduardo Ng tallied a total of 18 points but Asahi extended the lead to 85-61 going to the fourth quarter.
Asahi Super Dry posted a commanding 34-point lead early in the fourth quarter but Absolute refused to back down as they outscored Asahi, 43-33, with Eduardo Ng hitting five triples for 17 points. Michael Ang added three treys and Ardian Ong scored nine points on putbacks.
In the end, it was Asahi's balanced offensive with seven players scoring in double figures that delivered the team's first win in the tournament.
In today's schedule, Summit Mineral Water will face Creamy Delight Pasteurized Yogurt at 8:15 p.m., followed by the match-up between Colt 45 and Tanduay Black.*NAB
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