The young guns prevailed over the seasoned veterans, as Anjie's Boys' downed Gualo Rai, 62-53, in the late night game in the 2012 DLX/Gualo Rai Invitational Basketball League last Saturday at the Gualo Rai Basketball Court.
The victory was second in as many games for the young crew of Angie's Boys, while Gualo Rai faltered in its debut. Angie's Boys and Gualo Rai are in Pool B of the 18-team league with the former getting the early lead in its group.
Bannered by former MISO caging standouts Eugene Manglona, Sahj Hossain, and Ezra Caro, Anjie's Boys pulled away in the third period, as it outgunned Gualo Rai, 18-7, to turn a slim 29-27 halftime lead to a 47-34 advantage. Manglona led the breakaway, firing 8 in the third canto.
Manglona, who sizzled for 35 points in their 71-68 debut win over QQ Rent A Car last week, was still hot in the fourth quarter, nailing 5 of their first 7 points in that period and later canned crucial free throws to foil Gualo Rai's repeated comeback bids. Anjie's Boys made six free throws in the homestretch to preserve the win and two of them came from Hossain, who finished with 11 markers.
Ezra Caro was the third Anjie's Boys player to tally double digits with his 12 points, drilling 8 of them in the first half. Anjie's Boys led at the end of each of the first two quarters with Caro and Hossain doing the damage on offense and drawing support from their other teammates.
Caro, Hossain, and Manglona teamed up in Anjie's Boys' first 13 points, while Jimmy Tudela came off the bench and contributed early with back-to-back baskets to give the team its biggest lead in the opening canto, 17-10.
The veteran and depleted crew of Gualo Rai struggled on offense with only JP Jose and Alex Lauron making more than two points in the first eight minutes of play. On defense, the bigger, but slower Gualo Rai frontliners could not keep up with Anjie's Boys fastbreak plays.
Gualo Rai tried to exploit its advantage in the post, but had little success with only Lauron consistently making inside baskets. Fellow big men Marlon Cabrera and Zack Diaz combined for only six markers.
Lauron ended up as the lone Gualo Rai player to score in twin digits with his 19 markers. Victory Mallari managed only 9 and was held to one field goal in the second half after a decent shooting in the first half.
Anjie's Boys 62 - Manglona 20, E. Caro 12, Hossain 11, Javier 5, Tudela 4, Mettao 3, T. Caro 2.
Gualo Rai 53 - Lauron 19, Mallari 9, Josep 7, Dayrit 6, Diaz 4, Babauta 2, Cabrera 2.
Scoring by quarters: 17-13, 29-27, 47-34, 62-53