Mobil and Oceanside Bar Hoopaholics downed separate opponents in contrasting fashions to notch their third win in the 2012 Emon Lodge 179 Basketball League-Docomo Brotherhood Cup last Tuesday at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium.
Mobil whipped Fong's Bakery in the first game, 75-61, while the Hoops eked out a 56-53 triumph over Armatech in the second match of the night. With its victory, Mobil (3-0) grabbed a share of the lead with Pacific Islands Club, while the Hoops are in solo second with their 3-1 slate. Armatech is still winless in three games, while Fong's fell to a 1-2 card.
Hoops, which suffered a heartbreaking 67-69 loss to Mobil last week after collapsing in the homestretch, this time delivered in the crucial moments of the game with Trevor Ogumoro drilling the killer triple.
The match was tied last at 53-all, after Jawn Joyner connected on a triple, with less than 30 seconds remaining on the clock. Ogumoro, who missed the entire first half of the game, answered with his own trey in front of their bench to give the Hoops the lead, 56-53.
Armatech was then left with 5 seconds to pull up for a game-tying shot, but Joyner's long heave was off.
Despite playing only in the second half, Ogumoro still top-scored for the Hoops with his 21 points. Elmer Esdrelon had 16, while Joyner added 13 and the duo tried to bring Armatech back in the fourth quarter after falling behind by as much as 13, but Ogumoro was there to foil their bid.
Armatech outgunned the Hoops in the fourth, 26-16, but failed to steal the win due to the latter's so-so offense in the first three quarters.
Actually, both teams started slow with Armatech scoring only three field goals in the opening canto for a 7-5 lead. The Hoops then found some spark from Dexter Tenorio in the second period, as the wingman made all his 7 markers in that canto for their 23-16 halftime advantage.
Again, Armatech was held to three field goals in the second frame and its lethargic offense continued in the third, as it logged only 11 markers. The Hoops fired 17 points with 10 of them coming from Ogumoro to stretch the lead to 13, 40-27, going into the final canto.
In the payoff quarter, Armatech launched a comeback with Esdrelon drilling 10 straight markers in the opening half of the fourth and Joyner also nailing 5 consecutive points in the last two minutes, but missed the equalizer.
Ogumoro held his ground against the resurging Armatech, as he added 11 more points in the fourth period, including the crucial triple.
In the first game, Mobil limited Fong's Bakery to 8 points in the third period to remain spotless in the 10-team field.
Mobil was on top by only 6 at halftime, 38-32, when the defending champion broke away in the third, more than doubling Fong's output in that period, 18-8. Seven different players lit up the scoreboard for Mobil in the third quarter for their 56-40 advantage. Fong's went cold at the start of the second half, as none of its players made no more than one field goal in the third.
With Mobil comfortably ahead at the start of the fourth, coach Marvin Deocares had the luxury of resting his starters for a long time and the defending champion was never threatened from thereon.
Errol Peredo top-scored for Mobil with his 18 markers.
Mobil 75 - Peredo 18, Sharry 10, Rabauliman 10, Camacho 9, Gamboa 8, Estolas 6, Tumaquip 4, Basila 4, Abuan 2.
Fong's Bakery 61 - Mafi 14, Tabora 11, Pagarao 11, Diaz 8, Caro 6, Yalung 5, Catalla 4.
Scoring by quarters: 18-17, 38-32, 56-40, 75-61.
Hoopaholics 56 - Ogumoro 21, Tenorio 7, Lisua 6, Manibusan 6, Mendez 6, Lauron 2, Camacho 1.
Armatech 53 - Esdrelon 16, Joyner 13, Je. Ano 9, Berline 5, Sacramento 4, Gabaldon 2, Trajano 2.
Scoring by quarters: 5-7, 23-16, 40-27, 56-53.