Bayani/LBT Appraisal recorded another easy win after cruising past Laguna/Twinkle/Erika's, 82-67, during the second game in the 2012 UFO Masters Budweiser Cup last Thursday night at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium.
Bayani, which came from an 89-59 rout of MAFEA/CMI last Tuesday, capitalized on the absence of Laguna forward Hae Jun Park to walk away with a 15-point victory. Bayani now has a 3-1 record for second place behind the undefeated MDX/Armatech (4-0), while Laguna fell to a tie for third with Batangas/Fong's Bakery (2-2).
With Park, who averaged in double figures in Laguna's back-to-back wins, missing the game, the team struggled early on offense, making only four field goals and 11 points n the first period.
In contrast, Bayani ran a well-oiled offense anchored on Tony Diaz, who knocked in 11 in the opening canto for their 23-11 lead.
Bayani protected the double-digit lead in the next three quarters and although Laguna managed to cut the once 25-point deficit to 10, 66-76, the latter ran out of time in the end.
Diaz paced Bayani with his 15 points, while Lilio Tiples and Ed Cosino contributed 12 and 11, respectively.
Edgar Pangelinan led Laguna with his game-high 28 markers, while Sonny Ebuen and Dindo Pablo had 10 apiece.
Batangas 97, VisMinda 84
In the first game, Batangas/Fong's Bakery also posted an easy victory over VisMinda (1-3).
Amor Casabuena returned to action after missing two matches and had a breakout game, firing 28 points and hitting five triples. Three other Batangas players tallied double figures to survive the 36-point output of VisMinda's Bobby Geli. Joseph Galulu logged 18, while Jun Abedes and Rick Alejandro nailed 17 and 14, respectively.
Casabuena gave Batangas a 26-12 advantage after ending the first period with back-to back triples. He finished the opening canto with eight markers, while Alejandro added six.
Batangas never looked back from thereon, as Casabuena continued his hot shooting, while Galulu and Abedes also found their mark in the last three quarters.
Batangas/Fong's Bakery 97 - Casabuena 28, Galulu 18, Abedes 17, Alejandro 14, Bernardo 8, Puno 6.
VisMinda/Civic Boys 84 - Geli 36, Atalig 12, Olfindo 11, Miguel 8, S. Quemado 6, Belo 4, Sevilla 2.
Scoring by quarters: 26-12, 54-32, 74-51, 97-84.
Bayani/LBT Appraisal 82 - Diaz 15, Tiples 12, Cosino 11, Ocampo 8, De La Torre 8, Pineda 7, F. Palacios 6, J. Palacios 6, Bicera 2, Sahagun 2.
Laguna/Twinkle/Erika's 67 - Pangelinan 28, Ebuen 10, Pablo 10, Lansang 6, Lopez 6, Manipon 4.
Scoring by quarters: 23-11, 39-24, 62-46, 82-67.