Mobil punched the first finals ticket into the 18A Summer Jam Friendly Basketball Tournament after pulling off a 69-64 victory over the Hoops last Saturday night at the Garapan Basketball Court.
In other results, Konflikt Hip Hop Thunder hung on to bump down Blue Haus, 71-70, in overtime of last Saturday's curtain raiser, while Wanna-Be overcame QQ Rent A Car, 69-63, in the second pairing. With these developments, Wanna-Be will take on Blue House in the loser's bracket playoffs at 6pm, while Konflikt will face the Hoops at 7pm. The two knockout matches will be played this Saturday with the winners colliding for the second and last final's berth.
Mobil manufactured a 36-29 advantage at the half in the late tiff with a mixed bag from seven different players.
Ben Lisua led the Hoop with 8 points that was complemented by a pair of long range shots from Trevor Ogumoro, but there was still a lot of work to be done in the closing frame.
The Hoops fought valiantly in the final canto, but Mobil did not let up and its point man Jun Estolas led the team down the homestretch with a 10-point production that was capped off by three baskets from Marvin Rabauliman in the final moments.
John Joyner top-scored for Mobil with 15 points while Lisua turned in a game-high 17 in the defeat.
In the first playoff game, Konflikt worked out an early 34-24 advantage in the first half, thanks to Manalo Manolo and Chris Omnes, who delivered a dozen late points off the bench.
Blue Haus' Errol Peredo heated up in the second half and led a comeback surge with 16 markers to force a 62-all deadlock at the end of regulation.
JR Barrios drained a couple of three-pointers for Blue Haus in regulation, however they fell just short in the bonus period.
Konflikt's Elmer Esdrelon was held to 7points in the second half, but still led the squad with 18. Dan Mateo and M. Castillo combined for 28 for Konflikt, while Peredo topped the box score with 26.
In the second playoff tiff, Wanna-Be's Dan Barcinas, Preston Basa, and Pete Lizama shared the wealth in the opening frame and combined for 22 points for their slim 35-33 halftime lead.
QQ Rent A Car buried a handful of three balls to stay in range, two of which came from Eugene Mangali, who led the squad in the first half with 10 points. Mangali sunk three more from behind the arch in the second half, but the QQ crew could not stop the Wanna-Be's' trio on the other end.
Basa held down the fort with 10 points in the clutch, as the trio received some welcome bench support late in the game. Basa's 7-point string in the final minutes sealed the deal in the end and his 17-point total clipped teammate Barcinas by a sliver, while the 21 markers apiece of Mangali and Badong Camacho did not get it done for QQ.
Konflikt 71 - Esdrelon 18, Mateo 15, Castillo 13, Manolo 10, Omnes 9, Anasan 2, Talania 2, Tumaquip 2.
Blue Haus 70 - Peredo 26, Barrios 16, Aquino 9, Capalad 9, Olivos 4, David 4.
Scoring by halves: 34-24, 62-62, 71-70 (OT)
Wanna-Be 69 - Basa 17, Barcinas 16, Lizama 13, Norita 11, Avila 6, Diaz 2, Peters 2.
QQ Rent A Car 63 - Mangali 21, B. Camacho 21, Pagarao 12, Sison 5, Saplan 2.
Scoring by halves: 35-33, 69-63
Mobil 69 - Joyner 15, Rabauliman 12, Fernando 9, Estolas 10, Bernardo 8, Demapan 6, Sablan 5, Ruluked 2.
Hoops 64 - Lisua 17, Ogumoro 15, Lauron 14, Hossain 6, Litulumar 5, Mendez 4, E. Camacho 3.
Scoring by halves: 36-29, 69-64