AACI Transport survived a 46-point sizzling output by Mark Coo and pulled away in the fourth quarter to defeat an undermanned AACI Trading, 106-95, in Class A of the Fil-Sino All Asian Countertrade 2nd Conference Inter-company Basketball Tournament at Bacolod Tay Tung High School Po Hang Gym.
Coo scored 25 points in the first half to keep a 5-man AACI Trading within striking distance at halftime, 56-46. Brian Tan scored 14 points and Nico Lopingco had 8 points for AACI Transport.
Coo added 10 points in the third quarter and got scoring support from teammates Michael Ang and Marc Lo as Trading surprised Transport to move in front, 75-73, going to the fourth quarter.
Fatigue finally caught up with Trading in the final canto as they could not keep up with Transport’s balanced offensive led by Lopingco and Robbie Jalando-on.
Lopingco paced Transport with 21 points, backstopped by Jalando-on with 17, Tan scored 15, Daniel Ong 11, Franklyn Madrid and Joseph Tiu with 8 points each.
Trading got scoring contribution from Marc Lo with 19 points, Michael Ang 18, and Dr. Emil Guanzon 11 points.
In the other Class A encounter, JSY Countertrade poured it on in the second quarter to hold off JSY Transport, 95-88.
Countertrade scored 32 points in the second quarter behind a strong performance from Richard Co and Mark Binguan to build a 52-38 halftime lead.
Yan Yan Dy, Chris Javelosa and Arnol Laureño combined effort cut the déficit to 68-65 going to the fourth quarter.
Dy and Johnnyson Yu delivered 17 points in the payoff quarter but timely hits by Binguan, Ritchie Militante and Romar Desusa kept Transport at bay throughout the quarter.
Countertrade was led by Binguan with 18 points, Co added 16, Militante shot 14, Desusa delivered 11, Edward Uy picked up 9, and Ralph Ong with 7 points.
Dy scored 19 points, all in the second half, to spearhead JSY Transport. Chris Javelosa scored 13 points, Laureño hit 11, Ryan Alegario made 8, Ralph Richard Tan and Julius Teruel contributed 7 points each .*NAB
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