Dynamic Metals upset ESJ Centre, 79-75, while Appliance Centrum/ La Gasoline Station squeaked past Fox Shox, 104-103, in the penultimate day of elimination rounds in Class B division of the 13th Tan Kek Pin Memorial Basketball Cup, Wednesday night at the Bacolod Tay Tung High School Po Hang Gym.
It was a night of fourth quarter comebacks with the victory of Dynamic Metalsand Appliance Centrum forcing a triple tie with La Filipina Trading for the last two spots in the quarterfinals. All three teams are now carrying a3-4 win-loss card.
In the Centrum-Fox Shox match-up, Rey Pandoro nailed a free throw with 1.2 seconds left to complete a fourth quarter Centrum/LA Gasoline comeback.
But it not was enough to put Centrum outright through the quarterfinals owing to a lower goal average compared to La Filipina and Dynamic Metals, who notch the No. 5 and No. 6 spots respectively.
Peter Paul Ortaliz and Rey Pandoro combined for 23 points in the fourth quarter to rally LA Gasoline from a 10-point deficit.
LA Gasoline Station took a 56-51 halftime lead against a Fox SHox team who showed up with five players only.
Shox sizzled offensively in the third quarter as they went ahead 84-74 with Ang sinking three triples while Brian Ong added seven points.
Ortaliz paced Centrum with 24 points, Yap added 21, Pandoro shot 19, RJ Iligan scored 14, Chua 10, and Glenn Yee with 8 points.
Ang had a game-high 35 points, Villacruz picked up 22, Tan made 19, Ong delivered 14, and Marc Lo with 13 points.
Meanwhile, ESJ Centre missed a golden opportunity to nab the top spot with the loss as the team dropped to No. 4 in the team standings.
With their backs on the wall, Dynamic overcame a 61-56 third quarter deficit to pull out the crucial victory with abalanced offensive sparked byFranklyn Madrid.
ESJ looked like it was going to have an easy night as it coasted to a 28-12 lead as Caesar Noble, Badong Eufre and Keith Banzon scored eight points each.
But Dynamic refused to back down as Madrid and Chibon Uy also came up with eight points apiece and Joseph Tiu added six markers to catch up with ESJ at 41-all by halftime
ESJ regained the lead at 61-56 with a balanced contribution led byVincent Javelosa and Berto Uysang.
Madrid finished with19 points backstopped by Uy with 16, Johnnyson Yu scored 12, Tiu added 10, Julius Terueland Brian Tan with 7 points each.
Eufre paced ESJ with 20 points, Banzon and Uy tallied11 points each, Noble netted 10, and Javelosa had 8 points.
No. 1 Foodman andNo. 2 Mang Inasal both ended up with five wins and two losses to automatically advance to the semifinals.
The quarterfinals will resume on April due to gym unavailability with No. 3 JKT (4-3) going up against No. 6 Dynamic Metals. No. 4 ESJ Centre will tangle with No. 5 La Filipina Trading.
TKP Class A championship between UNO-R A Davies and CSA-b Choi Sportswear will wrap up with a new schedule this Sunday, 4 p.m. at WNU Gym.*NAB
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