The Sweet Crystal rally fell short as Jast Enterprises held on to a 98-91 victory in the Fil-Sino All Asian Coutertrade Inc. 1st conference Inter-Company Basketball Tournament at Tay Tung High School Po Hang Gym, Tuesday in Bacolod City.
In the curtain raiser JSY Transport played steadier in the payoff quarter to cruise past Huminova Tigers, 79-72.
Sweet Crystal started the game with a lot of promise as they established a double digit lead 31-17 propelled by Carl John Oquindo and Jubert Katalbas.
It was the turn of Jast Enterprises to show its might in the second quarter as Jolly Castillo and Beejay Paredes scored 8 points each to put Jast on top at the break, 45-40.
Jast continued with its scoring splurge as Yan Yan Dy conspired with Edward Uy for 19 points to pull away with a 79-58 advantage by the end of the third quarter.
Sweet tried to rally behind the duo of Nico Lopingco, who delivered five treys and Oquindo, who picked up 10 points but their effort fell short to catch up with Jast.
Dy finished with 22 points while Uy added 18 and Paredes scored 14 points.
Lopingco knocked down a total of 8 treys to finish with 32 points in a losing effort, backstopped by Oquindo 28 points and Katalbas with 16 points.
Meanwhile, RB Chua scored 11 points to push Huminova Tigers to a 17-14 opening quarter advantage even as Carlo Chu led JSY Transport with 8 points.
The trio of Chibun Uy, Ryan Alegario and Arvin Chua combined for 22 points as the lead shifted to JSY Transport by halftime, 40-34.
Atong Villanueva and RB Chua scored 8 points in the third quarter to grab the lead back for the Tigers at 57-56.
JSY Transport proved to be steadier in the clutch and capitalized on the free throw and point blank misses of the Tigers to slowly pull away and seal the victory.
Alegario paced the victors with 21 points while RB Chua led the Tigers also with 21 points.*NAB
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