Davies Phils./University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos Team A survived Willtrade Sagay Central, 72-68, while University of St. La Salle President’s Gym kept turned back UNO-R Team B, 91-70, to keep its record unblemished in the Class A contest of the 13th Tan Kek Pin Memorial Basketball Cup at Bacolod Tay Tung High School Po Hang Gym, Sunday.
New Negros Coliseum defaulted its match handing Toyota Motors its 1st victory.
Willtrade almost pulled out a come-from-behind victory against UNO-R A as they overcame a 54-45 thir quarter deficit and caught up with Davies at 57-all on an Arnold Gono layup halfway in the fourth quarter.
Rodel Canino and Cedric Eslabon gave UNO-R some breathing room for a 65-59 advantage.
But a three-pointer from Jeff Jacinto and a back-to-back trey from Joemarie Bayhon, pushed Sagay Central on top, 68-67, with 1:03 left.
Willtrade had the chance to extend the lead but Jacinto missed his two free throws and Canino sunk a 15 foot jumper to give the lead back to Davies.
Bayhon attempted a contested triple that was rebounded by Ramos who was fouled and made two free throws for a three-point lead with 15 seconds left.
After a timeout by Willtrade coach Rey Pandoro, Jacinto, after getting the inbound pass, forced an ill advised 27-feet trey that bounced off the rim.
With 11 players scoring in the first half led by Jade Paul Calma’s three triples, UNO-R Team A had a 41-30 advantage.
Meanwhile, the USLS Stingers got their bearings on time after UNO-R Team B pulled off a 30-28 opening quarter lead bannered by Crispin Oquindo with 12 points and Allan Olac, who scored seven points.
President’s Gym turned it up in the next three quarters as the Stringers posted a 47-38 lead at the break and extended it to 72-55 end of third quarter.
Montalvo fired 16 points from USLS while Janus Calma and Mark De la Cruz, who were scoreless in the first quarter, finished with 16 and 14 points, respectively, while Kevin Villafranca contributed 10 points.
Oquindo paced UNO-R Team B with 14 points while Olac and John Buenaflor scored 13 points each.
New Negros Coliseum defaulted its match handing Toyota Motors its first victory in the tournament.*with a report from Stephen Tan
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