University of St. La Salle President’s Gym streaked to its second win by routing Allure DM/Bobcat, 94-74, while Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod / Choi Sportswear bounced back with a win against Willtrade Sagay Central, 92-84, in Class A action of the 13th Tan Kek Pin Memorial Basketball played Sunday at the Bacolod Tay Tung High School Po Hang Gym.
Also posting a win in the tournament was University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos/Davies, who beat New Negros Coliseum, 89-74.
Starting slow in the first quarter, UNO-R fell behind, 13-20, but easily made up for their lackluster performance with a 10-point advantage at the break, 37-27 as NNC’s offense sputtered.
NNC recovered some lost grounds in the third quarter as Elben Diaz poured in eight points, but UNO-R remained on top, 60-52, as Mark Ramos equaled Diaz’s output.
White de los Santos and Irvin De La Peña combined to spearhead and NNC’s rally in the fourth quarter but they were not match to UNO-R’s offense as the trio of Mark Ramos, Stefano Ayuco, and Cedric Eslabon, kept the points coming for the Davies team.
Ramos topscored for UNO-R with18 points, Ayuco finished with 17, Francis Parreño hit 13 points, and Richer Santillan and Ranel Gabales tallied 10 points each.
De Los Santos and De La Peña paced NNC with14 points apiece, Diaz and Caberte scored 11 points, Eric Bacomo with 7 points, and Rex Noble fired 5 points.
Meanwhile, USLS managed to get past Bobcats big men Arnol Laureño and Leo Bat-og to register their second win in the tournament.
The Bobcats took the first quarter, 27-24, but the President’s Gym shifted to man-to-man full court defense forcing the turnovers and scoring on several breakaway layups for a 52-40 halftime lead.
USLS President’s Gym extended the lead in the third canto as Kevin Villafranca scored 10 points, taking advantage of Allure DM’s difficulty wit their passes.
De La Cruz led USLS with 18 points, Villafranca added 14, Nike Montalvo delivered 11 points, and Eman Sevilla with 10 points.
Bat-og topscored for Allure DM with 19 points, Laureño finished with 16, Ritchie Militante and Ren Ren Lacson chipped in 8 points apiece, and Philip Famucol with 7 points.
Meanwhile, Ruel Balgos scored 11 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter to lead Choi Sportswear to its first victory. Jornel Laborte also provided the muscle down low as he added 15 points.
The outside gunners also delivered for CSA-B with Johnson Salazar picking up 15 points, Alfred Valle with 14, and Tommy Andren sinking 4 treys all in the second half.
Lacking the ceiling to match up with Choi, Willtrade was paced by Ernesto Cagayao with 18 points, Joemarie Bayhon and Ramer Javillo with 13 points apiece, Arnold Gono 11 points, and Wennie Alvarez, 10 points.*with a report from Stephen Tan
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