Micronesian Brokers, Inc. sent the Hip Hop Thunder deep down the team standings in Pool A of the 2012 DLX/Gualo Rai Invitational Basketball League, following a 77-65 victory in last Monday's second game at the Gualo Rai Basketball Court.
The loss was third in as many games for the Hip Hop Thunder, which is at the last spot of the nine-team Pool A. MBI, which led Playboy in their rain-suspended match two weeks ago, 14-4, gained its first win for a tie for second place with Highway Express and Playboy.
MBI drew at least 12 points apiece from four players and that had been the difference in the game, as the Hip Hop Thunder had only brothers Nate and Dan Mateo scoring in double figures in the loss with 20 and 10, respectively. Leo Galarse top-scored for MBI with his 19 markers, Noel David added 16, Dexter Tenorio chipped in 13, and Art Trajano contributed 12. The rest of MBI players totaled 12 markers. The Hip Hop Thunder players got a combined 23 markers from three other players and the rest had only 8 points.
The Mateo twins started things out for the Hip Hop Thunder, teaming up for 15 points in the opening quarter, which ended with MBI behind, 17-21.
MBI then found its rhythm in the second period with Art Trajano leading the recovery after scoring 7 points. Four other MBI players lit up the scoreboard in the second canto to grab the lead at the break, 35-34.
Noel David, who was held to one field goal in the first half, had his best game in the third canto, firing 9 markers to up MBI's lead to six, 58-52. Leo Galarse then picked up where David left off, drilling 10 straight markers at one point in the fourth quarter to hand MBI the 12-point win.
The Hip Hop Thunder failed to mount its own comeback bid in the fourth period when only Nate Mateo and Rolly Paraiso made field goals in the payoff canto.
LD Prime 77, Anjie's Boys 71
In the curtain-raiser, LD Prime snapped Anjie's Boys' two-game winning run after eking out the 6-point victory.
Down at the end of the third canto, 59-60, LD Prime got timely baskets from Nat Banatasa, White Capalad, and Sonny Lerio in the fourth quarter to thwart Anjie's Boys. Banatasa scored 6 of his 17 markers in the final frame, while Lerio and Capalad contributed 4 apiece.
Anjie's Boys lost the lead and the game after making only four field goals in the fourth quarter and only Eugene Manglona tallied more than 3 points in the final canto. Anjie's Boys ran out of offensive options, as it gunner Sajh Hossain missed last Monday's match
LD Prime 77 - Banatasa 17, Lerio 15, Teregeyo 15, Hernaez 13, Capalad 11, Magtuloy 4.
Anjie's Boys 71 - Manglona 18, Tudela 13, Mettao 13, E. Caro 7, Mamaril 6, Malonzo 3, Javier 1.
Scoring by quarters: 25-12, 37-32, 59-60, 77-71.
MBI 77 - Galarse 19, David 16, Tenorio 13, Trajano 12, Samson 4, Hernandez 4, Garcia 2, Leong 2.
Hip Hop Thunder 65 - N. Mateo 20, D. Mateo 10, Paraiso 9, Sacramento 8, Lavarias 6, Culala 2, Sablan 2, Anasan 2, Vertudez 2.
Scoring by quarters: 17-21, 35-34, 58-62, 77-65.