No Jun Estolas and Marvin Rabauliman. No problem for Mobil.
Mobil still coasted to victory over Servitek, 99-76, in the first game in the 2012 Emon Lodge 179 Basketball League-Docomo Brotherhood Cup despite the absence of the former's two key players last Tuesday night at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium.
Ron Gamboa and Errol Peredo stepped up in place of Estolas and Rabauliman, combining for 51 big points in their 23-point rout of Servitek. Mobil went on to finish the regular season with a 7-1 record, tying Pacific Islands Club, but the former dropped to second and lost the pennant race, as it absorbed its lone defeat in the league at the hands of the latter.
Servitek completed the regular season winless in 9 game and though it was already eliminated as early as two weeks ago, the league's cellar dweller managed to give Mobil a run for its money in the first period.
The opening canto ended in a tie, 22-all, with JP Jose coming out smoking for Servitek, firing 12 points. Mobil was shaky at the start of the match with two of its starters out and Emir Abuan was forced to carry the team with his 10 markers.
Then in the second quarter, Mobil smelled blood, as Gamboa and Peredo began to take over in absence of Estolas and Rabauliman. Mobil outgunned Servitek in the second, 22-6, with Peredo and Gamboa teaming up for 13 points.
Gamboa was not done yet, as he had a breakout game in the third, drilling four triples and finishing with 16 markers in that period alone to outscore the entire Sevitek crew, which collected only 14. Adding Peredo's 8 and the contributions of four other Mobil players, coach Marvin Deocares' wards rose to a 74-49 lead to secure the win with still one quarter to go.
Gamboa top-scored for Mobil with his 28 points, while Peredo added 23. Jose paced Servitek with his 22 markers.
Armatech 83, Fong's Bakery 75
In the second game, Armatech held Fong' Bakery to three field goals in the fourth quarter to steal the 8-point victory.
Fong's controlled majority of the game and was still on top at the end of the third period, 66-63, when it collapsed in the payoff canto, making only 9 points against the 20 of Armatech.
Six players teamed up in Armatech's fourth-quarter rally, while only Lerio Pagarao and Sonny Lerio lit up the scoreboard for Fong's in the final canto. Pagarao drilled all of Fong's three field goals and scored 7 of their total points in the fourth, while Lerio canned two charities.
Elmer Esdrelon tallied 6 points in the fourth and three of his teammates contributed at least two baskets apiece to give Armatech a come-from-behind win.
Armatech finished the regular season at seventh place with its 2-6 record and will be paired against Mobil in the first round of the single-elimination playoffs this Saturday at 6:30pm. Fong's (1-6) took the last playoff berth and will duel the top-ranked PIC, also this Saturday.
The two other playoff games in the first round set for Tuesday, Oct. 23, will have the No. 3 Ashley's/Brabu (6-2) meeting the No. 6 Archers (3-5) at 6:30pm and the No. 4 Hoopaholics (5-3) and No. 5 Hi-Five (5-3) colliding at 8pm.
Mobil 99 - Gamboa 28, Peredo 23, Abuan 10, Tumaquip 10, Camacho 7, Sharry 6, Gapor 6, Ruluked 2, Basila 2.
Servitek 76 - Jose 22, Kenty 20, Rio 11, Alano 7, Detera 6.
Scoring by quarters: 22-22, 44-28, 75-49, 99-76.
Armatech 83 - Ja. Ano 18, Esdrelon 12, Berline 10, Guiab 10, Tobias 10, Montano 6, Je. Ano 6, Trajano 4.
Fong's Bakery 75 - Pagarao 27, De Leon 14, Diaz 10, Caro 8, Lerio 7, Catallas 4.
Scoring by quarters: 19-20, 42-43, 66-63, 83-75.