Mobil snapped the Hoopaholics/Oceanside Bar's two-game winning streak after pulling off a 67-64 victory in the lone game played in the 2012 Emon Lodge 179 Basketball League-Docomo Brotherhood Cup last Thursday at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium.
Mobil stole the win in the last 18.3 seconds and improved to a 2-0 record, as the Hoopaholics collapsed in the end after leading by as much as nine in the third period, 44-35,
The defending champion fell behind in the majority of the second half, as the Hoopaholics' Edwin Camacho and Zach Babauta alternately hounded Mobil top gun Jun Estolas. With Estolas facing leech-liked defense from the Hoopaholics, Marvin Rabauliman, Banjo Basila, Jomary Tumaquip, and Ron Gamboa had to find ways to save Mobil.
Rabauliman scored 10 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter with the last deuce, keeping Mobil in the game, 63-64, with less than a minute left on the clock.
Babauta then missed an open jumper from the right baseline for the Hoopaholics in the ensuing play and the Joe Diaz-coached team gave up two quick fouls, sending Basila to the foul line. Basila calmly drilled the pressure-packed charities to put Mobil on top, 65-64, 18.3 seconds left in the game.
The Hoopaholics sued for time to set up its next play, but failed to execute its first option when Mobil gave up an early foul-only the team's third. The Hoopaholics tried again, but Camacho lost the leather on an isolation play against Tumaquip, who picked up the loose ball. The Mobil guard then dribbled out of traffic and before Hoopaholics could foul him to stop the clock, Tumaquip jumped out a pass to a sprinting Gamboa.
Gamboa, who just played in the last one minute of the match, converted the acrobatic shot against the outstretched arms of Ben Lisua for Mobil's 67-64 advantage, 5 ticks to go. Mobil then committed another preemptive foul and when the game was reset, the Hoopaholics' Trevor Ogumoro lost the ball, too, off a spin move from the right wing. Tumaquip had another pickup and threw the ball to their frontcourt as time expired.
Mobil and the Hoopaholics were neck-and-neck in the first half with neither team managed to go up by more than 4 points. Then in the second half, the Hoopaholics had a tight watch on Estolas, who made 9 points in the first half. Estolas was held to three field goals in the entire second half and only two points in the third period. Mel Manibusan and Trevor Ogumoro combined for 14 points in the third, as the Hoopaholics attempted a breakaway before Badong Camacho and Rabauliman teamed up in a 10-2 windup to keep Mobil afloat, 45-48, entering the fourth canto.
Rabauliman top-scored for Mobil with his 23 points.
Meanwhile, Hi-Five (1-1) got a free win after Armatech/LED Lights (0-2) was forced for forfeit the second match of the night due to a shorthanded roster (4 players).
Mobil 67 - Rabauliman, 23, Estolas 15, Basila 13, Camacho 6, Tumaquip 6, Gapor 2.
Hoopaholics 64 - Lisua 18, Ogumoro 16, Mendez 4, Camacho 4, Fitial 3, Tenorio 3, Litulimar 2.
Scoring by quarters: 15-11, 30-28, 45-48, 67-64.