A week-long layoff did not break Pacific Islands Club's momentum, as it cruised to a 73-54 win over Armatech in the second game in the 2012 Emon Lodge 179 Basketball League-Docomo Brotherhood Cup last Thursday night at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium.
The victory was fifth in as many games for the streaking PIC, which shares the top spot with Mobil, while Armatech is still winless in five matches.
PIC, which got its fourth triumph on Sept. 20 against Servitek, 80-64, recorded another lopsided win after holding Armatech to 7 points in the second period.
Before the second-quarter collapse, Armatech remained afloat, behind by only three at the end of the opening canto, 14-17. Rodney Sacramento had 6 points for Armatech early in the game, while James Abuy led PIC with his two triples.
In the second quarter, Brett Sutton opened PIC's scoring with a pair of free throws and he and Bart Demapan asserted their might in the paint against the slower Armatech frontliners. The two PIC big men combined for 12 points, stretching their lead to 17 at halftime, 38-21.
Armatech made only three field goals in the meltdown with Junar Guiab nailing two baskets and Elmer Esdrelon struggling with his two points. The other point came off Jerome Ano's split.
Armatech still failed to catch fire in the third, while Sutton and company continued to light up the scoreboard in that period. Sutton even livened up the predictable game with a dunk on a fastbreak play in the closing minutes of the third.
After three periods, PIC was way ahead, 61-38, and Armatech's hopes for a miracle remained a wish, as the former kept the double-digit winning margin.
Sutton paced PIC with his 18 points, while Abuy and Demapan contributed 14 and 12, respectively. Guiab had 15 for Armatech.
Hi-5 91, Fong's Bakery 68
Hi-5 is also on a streak, nailing its third win in a row after pounding Fong's Bakery.
Dan Barcinas was added to the Hi-5 roster and he, Ponce Rasa, and Charlie Peters joined forces in the team's balance offense. Rasa fired 15 points, while Barcinas and Peters added 11 apiece, and six other Hi-5 players scored at least 5 points each en route to their 23-point victory.
Lerio Pagarao led all scorers with his 24 markers, making 12 of them in the first period, as Fong's managed to take the driver's seat, 16-15.
However, Fong's hold to the lead was short-lived, as Barcinas came to play in the second canto and logged 11 points to put Hi-5 on top, 40-33. Then in the second half, Hi-5 distributed the ball well to pull away and hand Fong's its third loss in four games.
Hi-5 91 - Rasa 15, Barcinas 11, Peters 11, Acosta 8, Mendiola 8, Villacrusis 8, Quitugua 7, Iguel 7, Matagolai 5, T. DL Guerrero 4, Standish 4.
Fong's Bakery 68 - Pagarao 24, De Leon 16, Tabora 8, Caro 6, Pantaleon 6, Catalla 4, Yalung 4.
Scoring by quarters: 15-16, 40-33, 71-50, 91-68.
PIC 73 - Sutton 18, Abuy 14, Demapan 12, Salem 8, Babauta 7, Bartolo 4, Abuel 4, Sublemente 2.
Armatech 54 - Guiab 15, Joyner 12, Sacramento 12, Esdrelon 6, Gabaldon 4, Montano 2, Tobias 2, Je. Ano 1.
Scoring by quarters: 17-14, 38-21, 61-54, 73-54.