University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos Team B debuted with a 74-63 victory over Toyota Bacolod, while University of St. La Salle President’s Gym pulled away in the payoff quarter against Willtrade-Sagay to claim its third straight win in the latest schedule of the 13th Tan Kek Pin Memorial Basketball Cup at Tay Tung High School Po Hang Gym.
CSA-B Choi Sportswear defeated Allure DM/Bobcat, 84-80, The Bobcats bounced back by trouncing New Negros Coliseum, 83-74, and New Negros Coliseum yielded to Willtrade, 96-82.
Against USLS, Willtrade /Sagay Central failed to hold on to a 60-55 lead going to the fourth quarter, allowing the La Sallians to pounce on the missed shots and turnover by Willtrade to score on breakaway layups of Mark De la Cruz and Kevin Villafranca.
De La Cruz paced President’s gym with 21 points, while Scott Salvacion hit 17, Villafranca made 16 points, and Nike Montalvo had 9 points.
Ramer Javillo led the offensive for Sagay Central with 19 points, Jeff Jacinto added 14, Joemarie Bayhon sink 10, Arnold Gono made 8, and Bobby Cepede with 7 points.
Willtrade was able to salvage a win against New Negros Coliseum in their next game as Bayhon deliverd 20 points, Javillo scored 19, Jeff Jacinto 18, and Ernesto Cagayao, 8 points.
White De Los Santos led NNC with 23 points, Rex Noble contributed five treys for 16 points, and Stephen Barneso had 15 points.
In a battle of winless teams, Allure DM broke away from a 63-all deadlock at the end of the third quarter to defeat New Negros Coliseum.
Bobcats hacked out the victory as the twin tower combo of Arnol Laureño and Schulze bullied their way inside with five points each, while Robbie Jalando-on was providing the outside firepower with seven points.
Jalando-on spearheaded the Allure DM offense with 25 points, Laureño scored 15, and Leo Bat-og made 11 points.
De Los Santos led NNC anew with 29 points while Raffy Silpao backed him up with 15 markers.
Meanwhile, Choi Sportswear overcame a 39-33 deficit on the combined efforts of Ruel Balgos and Tommy Andren for a 58-52 halftime lead.
Choi continued to ride on its momentum in the fourth quarter, keeping Allure at bay and withstanding a late rally by Allure behind three successive triples courtesy of Bat-og and Carl Oquindo.
Choi was steady from the free throw with its last eight points coming from the 15-foot line including Urminico Baronda’s 5 of 6 gift shots .
In the nightcap in a battle of Team B and High School players, UNO-R came out on top as Crispin Oquindo scattered 20 points, John Buenaflor and Mark Papa scored 10 points each, and Steven Enema and Raymar Oblido hitting 6 points all from the three-point área.
Toyota was led by Jhan Mchale Nermal with 18 points and Marcelo Cariño, who finished with 10 points.*with a report from Stephen Tan
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