Defending champion Mobil prevailed in its early rematch against Armatech/LED Lights, 86-78, while three other teams earned easy wins, as the 2012 Emon Lodge 179 Basketball League-Docomo Brotherhood Cup kicked off last Sunday at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium.
Jun Estolas sizzled 30 points in Mobil's debut win, while Ron Gamboa and Banjo Basilla also finished in double-digits with 17 and 12, respectively.
After going scoreless in the first period, which ended with Armatech ahead, 17-14, Estolas redeemed himself in the second canto, firing 15 to put Mobil on top at the break, 42-31. The explosive guard continued to show no respect to Armatech's defense in the second half and Mobil survived its foe's 3-point shooting in the fourth canto to escape with the 8-point win.
Elmer Esdrelon, who missed the first half, started the fourth with back-to-back treys to turn a 59-62 deficit to a 65-62 lead. However, Mobil, which defeated Armatech in the 2010 finals, 93-80, answered from the stripe, making 10 free throws to thwart Esdrelon and company.
Hoopaholics 84, Sonics 48
The Hoopaholics/Oceanside Bar recorded the first lopsided win in the opening day, thumping the Sonics.
The Hoopaholics limited the Sonics to no more than 11 points in the first three quarters to begin its campaign in the Emon Lodge caging with a bang. Four Hoopaholics player broke into double figures with Ben Lisua leading the way with his 18 points. Trevor Ogumoro chipped in 16, and Zack Babauta and Walter Mendez added 15 and 10, respectively.
Ogumoro logged 8 of his 16 markers in the opening canto for the Hoopaholics' 19-8 lead. The Sonics went on to score 11 and 9 in the second and third canto, allowing the Hoopaholics to pad the lead to 28, 56-28.
PIC 83, Archers 62
In the second game, Pacific Islands Club cruised past the Archers after getting twin digits from four of its starters.
James Abuy paced PIC with his 25 points, Wowie Abuel contributed 14, and Bart Demapan and Brett Sutton posted 13 and 12, respectively.
Jack Lizama led the Archers with his 19 markers, as kept the team in contention in the first half, which ended with PIC ahead by only 4, 32-28.
Then in the third quarter, Abuy ran the show for PIC, scoring 15 of their 25 markers, including two triples for their 56-48 advantage. Demapan then took over from Abuy in the fourth, posting 10 points.
Fong's Bakery 83, Servitek 71
In the third match, Fong's Bakery neutralized Servitek in the second half to win its debut.
Fong's Bakery's held Servitek to 26 points in the final 20 minutes of the match for a 12-point.
Servitek's production in the second half was just five more than its first-quarter output (21). Servitek, which led by five after the opening period, 21-16, then scored its most points in the second canto (24) to remain on top at halftime, 45-41. Clayton Kenty led Servitek in the first half with his 14 points.
However, Servitek lost the lead in the third when it made only 10 points, while Fong's fired 22 for the 63-56 edge. Lerio Pagarao led Fong's recovery, making 10 markers in the third canto. Fong's never looked back from thereon, as Servitek failed to score 20-plus points anew in the fourth, nailing only 16.