Adobo is still flawless in Division B of the 2013 DLX/Anchor Strong Invitational Basketball League after posting a 73-71 win over JWS last Friday at the Gualo Rai Basketball Court.
The victory was fifth in as many matches for the streaking Adobo, while the loss was fourth in four games for JWC, which played catch up right at the opening buzzer, but failed to overhaul the former's lead at the end.
Mike Saturno played consistent offense for Adobo and scored 8 points in the fourth canto, including the team's last two baskets to foil JWC's repeated comeback bids. He finished with a team-high 28 points, while Lester Vertudez and James Dela Cruz also had double figures, making 10 markers apiece.
Saturno's long-game brilliance started in the first period where he nailed 10 points to lift Adobo to a 25-18 lead. Adobo kept its distance against JWS at halftime, 41-37, with Saturno adding 6 more points and his four other teammates also lighting up the scoreboard.
White Capalad kept JWS in the game with his 14 markers in the first half, but was held to two field goals in the third period where both teams struggled on offense. However, Adobo retained the upper hand, 54-46, with Saturno tallying 5 more points and getting a little support from three other teammates, while only Capalad and Cecilio Bisana drilled at least one field goal each for JWS at the start of the second half.
Capalad kept on fighting for JWS, Saturno answered with rally-halting baskets, while Dela Cruz and Vertudez also made a pair to help Adobo's cause. Capalad led all scorers with his 31 markers.
CT Kings 84, SSFM 75
The CT Kings picked up their second straight win since Division B action resumed after downing SSFM.
Last Friday's match was SSFM's first since the division took a month-long break and the loss was only its second in five matches, while the CT Kings have a better record with its 3-1 slate.
Syl Teregeyo and Preston Basa joined forces in the CT Kings' third victory, scoring 27 and 25 points, respectively. Two other CT Kings starters also nailed twin digits with Pete Lizama and Joe Acosta adding 12 markers apiece.
The CT Kings built an early double-digit lead and hung in there to hand SSFM's its second loss. Basa, Teregeyo, and Lizama combined for all of the CT Kings' 23 markers for their 12-point advantage in the first period, 23-11.
The CT Kings never looked back from thereon, as SSFM's failed to neutralize Basa and Teregeyo in the last three quarters and the duo offset the 29-point explosion of Rocyl Ritual.
Adobo 73 - Saturno 28, Dela Cruz 10, Vertudez 10, Yap 9, Camacho 7, Mamaril 4, Aranda 4.
JWS 71 - Capalad 31, Bisana 13, Saplan 11, Daproza 7, Barrozo 4, Echavez 2.
Scoring by quarters: 25-18, 41-37, 54-46, 73-71.
CT Kings 84 - Teregeyo 27, Basa 25, Acosta 12, Lizama 12, Quizon 3.
SSFM 75 - Ritual 29, Galarse 18, Brennan 12, Dela Rosa 9, Tobias 5.
Scoring by quarters: 23-11, 44-31, 61-56, 84-75.