An 88-63 victory over JSY Countertrade gave AACI Transport the temporary leadership in Class A, while AACI Trading dealt Huminova Tigers its first setback, 101-88.
This was during the Nov. 15 schedule of the Fil-Sino All Asian Countertrade Inc. 2nd Conference Inter-Company Basketball Tournament at Tay Tung High School Po Hang Gym in Bacolod City.
The Transport guys outplayed Countertrade in the opening quarter as Bren Tajonera scored 13 points and Toffel Tan hit eight for a 22-8 lead.
Pooling their efforts in the second quarter, Richard Co and Ritchie Militante conspired for 17 points to give Countertrade some hope and cut the deficit to 38-28 by halftime.
But the Countertrade rally was short-lived as AACI Transport recovered in the second half to turn back Countertrade as Robbie Jalando-on fired 15 points in the fourth quarter, while Nico Lopingco had a 13-point output in the final half.
Jalando-on led AACI Transport with 19 points, Tajonera and Sibug added 18 points and Lopingco finished with 16 points.
Richard Co and Militante paced Countertrade with 16 points while Clarence Quingco added 7 points.
In the second game, Michael Ange and Mark Lo delivered six triples between them to give AACI Trading a 28-22 first quarter lead even as Carlo Chu and Brian Coo tried to keep the Tigers within striking distance.
Lo continued to wax hot for Trading in the second quarter as he scored 12 more points for a 59-41 lead of his team at halftime.
Even as the Tigers outscored AACI Trading, 47-42, in the second half, it was not enough to overhaul the double- digit margin.
Lo produced a game-high 27 points, Michael Ang picked up 18, Mark Coo dropped 17, Freddie Ong , Poy Chua and Chibon Uy notched 12 points each.
Raul Javelosa paced the Tigers with 22 points while Carlo Chu and Brian Coo tallied 17 poitns each, Charlton Ong and Joel Masadya had 10 points apiece and Roger Montalbo chipped in 8 points.
The double round robin elimination tournament saw AACi Transport leading in the first round at 2-1, Huminova Tigers, JSY Countertrade and JSY Transport at 1-1 and AACI Trading with 1-2 win-loss record.*
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