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JKT escapes
La Filipina in TKP

Johann Kendrick Tan escaped by the skin of their teeth against La Filipina Trading, 82-81, while ESJ Centre advanced to the quarterfinals by halting Fox Shox, 85-77, in Class B action of the 13th Tan Kek Pin Memorial Basketball Cup played Monday night at Bacolod Tay Tung High School Po Hang Gym.

In the dying seconds of the game, JKT had a three-point lead until La Filipina’s Jan Jan Young scored on an offensive putback and drew a foul. But lady luck favored JKT as Young missed the free throw.

With the win, JKT is now tied with La Filipina at 3-3 with both teams inching their way towards a quarterfinals slot. Three other teams are also still in contention for the three remaining slots.

Early in the game, JKT could not hold on to a 67-60 end of third quarter lead as they engaged La Filipina in a nip and tuck battle in the payoff quarter.

With JKT ahead, 76-72, La Filipina Chief supt. Rosales nailed a triple and Bol Manaloto tied it with a free throw.

RB Chua’s layup put JKT on top, but Johann Villanueva scored a triple to push La Filipina ahead at 79-78.

A Chua putback and Danny Boy Uy free throws gave JKT some breathing room at 82-79 with 10 seconds left.

The trio of Young, Mark Velez and Rosales combined for 24 points to give La Filipina a 28-20 opening quarter lead even as Uy and Chua had a total output of 15 points.

Joshua Co produced 15 points to equal the team output of La Filipina in the second quarter as JKT was in the driver’s seat at 49-43. Yan Yan Dy provided support for Co with eight points.

Beejay Paredez picked up seven points for La Filipina, but a balanced offensive output from JKT keep them on top at 67-60 going to the fourth quarter.

Chua and Co paced JKT with 20 points, Dy added 14, Uy made 10, and Ryan Alegario had 9 points.

Chief Supt. Rosales finished with 14 points, Velez delivered 13, Vincent Tan shot 10, Young hit 11, and Villanueva with 8 points.

In the other game, ESJ fell behind in the first quarter as Marc Lo and Michael Ang conspired for 14 points to give Fox Shox a 20-17 first quarter lead.

But ESJ waxed hot from the outside in the second quarter and never looked back as 21 of their 27 points came from the three-point area led by Keith banzon who hit four triples and Vincent Javelosa added two treys for a 44-32 lead at the break.

ESJ now enjoys a 4-2 win-loss card, to join Mang Inasal (4-1) and Foodman (4-1) in the quarterfinals.

Eufre led ESJ with 20 points, Banzon added 18, Javelosa hit 14, Caesar Noble with 7, and Wilson Dy had 6 points.

Michael Ang paced Fox SHox in a losing effort with 20 points, Marc Lo delivered 19, Papang Oxinio picked up 10, and Ervin Tan had 8 points.*NAB

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