Julius Teruel converted three of four free throws in the final seconds of the game to allow Cobra Energy Drink to notch its first win in Class B at the expense of Asahi Super Dry, 75-72, in the Fil-Sino Asia Brewery Inc. Invitational Basketball Cup played Friday night at Bacolod Tay Tung High School Po Hang Gym.
It was a come-from-behind win for Cobra as Asahi took a 36-26 lead at halftime with Kieron Tan and Jan Jan Young combining for 19 points.
After both teams fought almost to a standoff in the third quarter, Asahi continue to be in the driver's seat with a 53-44 lead going to the fourth quarter.
Cobra shooters found their mark at the right time in the payoff period with Teruel leading the way with 13 points while Adonis Rosales delivered eight and Ralph Richard Tan and Michael Ang with five points apiece to catch up with Asahi and engage them in several lead exchanges.
Outstanding perimeter shooting by Cobra gave the team a 72-67 lead with 54 seconds left, but Asahi casted doubts on Cobra's first win as Aaron Arroyo maneuvered for a four-point play and Kieron Tan knocked down a free throw to tie the game.
Asahi committed a mental lapse when they fouled Teruel just around the half court area. Teruel calmly sunk two free throws and another foul on Teruel after Asahi missed on a three-point attempt iced the game for Cobra.
Rosales, playing in his first game, paced Cobra with 20 points while Teruel finished with 18 points along with Michael Ang. Teammates Ralph Richard Tan picked up 10 points and Brian Ong chipped in five.
Kieron Tan, who suffered a knee injury in the fourth quarter, came back to finish the game and topscored for Asahi with 19 points, Edward Uy shot 15, Jan Jan Young made 14, Noriel Bermudez had 7 points, Arroyo and Timothy Uy with 6 points apiece.
In Class A action, Synchrotek-Summit slowly built its lead in the first three quarter against Foxshox/Decada X Vitamilk before pulling its punches in the fourth for an 81-73 victory.
Kevin Lacson paced Summit with 14 points, backstopped by Scott Salvacion with 12, Jappy Cuaycong hit 11, Carlo Verzosa and Timothy Dumancas added 10 points each, CJ Ramos shot 8 points and Gian Reyes contributed 6 points.
Sammy Belangel finished with 20 points in a losing effort as his teammates Peter Paul Ortaliz and George Tupas churned in 12 points apiece and Mark Belangel shot 8 points.
Absolute Distilled Water remains at second place in Class B with a win against Crossfit Creamy Yogurt in their latest encounter while Tanduay Ice suffered its second straight defeat at the hands of Beer na Beer.*NAB
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