Five O Restaurant and Fong’s Fliptop punched the last two quarterfinals tickets in the 2013 DL Corp. Invitational Basketball after ousting separate opponents last Monday night at the Gualo Rai Basketball Court.
Five O pulled off a 73-72 overtime win over Yuichiro in the first game, while Fong’s Fliptop notched a 52-42 triumph against Ballaholics in the second match of the night to join Sister Market, Mawati, Maplas, Radio Com, Kamikaze, and Adobo in the next round.
Dexter Tenorio scored only 5 points for Five O, but nailed 3 of them in the extension period with his free throw putting his team on top. Tenorio made the first charity and missed the second one, leaving Yuichiro with five seconds to pull up for the game-winning basket, but failed to do so under time pressure.
Yuichiro had a chance to win the match and bag the quarterfinals berth in the closing seconds of the regulation when Juan Camacho trooped to the foul line for a pair with Five O ahead by only 1 point, 64-63. However, the lanky big man split his charities, sending the game into extra five minutes. Five O went on to take the crucial victory in overtime by making important free throws, as it gained 5 of its 9 markers from the stripe.
In the low-scoring second game, Fong’s broke away from Ballaholics after a tight first half and halted the latter’s short rally early in the fourth en route to the 10-point win.
Ahead by only 2 in the first quarter, 8-6, and 5 at the break, 25-20, Fong’s drew 10 points from Emerson Feria to take a double-digit advantage, 41-27, with only one period to go. Ballaholics then opened the fourth canto with 7 straight points to slice the deficit to 7. However, Chris Mizer connected on a triple from the left corner to bring Fong’s lead back to double digits, 44-34. Fong’s were never threatened from thereon, as Ballaholics began to take hurried shots and missed most of them.
Five O 73 – Cadiang 21, David 12, De Guzman 0, Tenorio 5, Alegre 4.
Yuichiro 72 – J. Camacho, Villacrusis 18, Z. Babauta 10, Darag 9, D. Camacho 7, Diaz 2, Gomez 1.
Scoring by quarters: 17-13, 27-29, 43-42, 64-64, 73-72.
Fong’s Fliptop 52 – De Leon 12, Mizer 10, Feria 10, Estevez 6, Isio 3, Galulu 2, Toribio 2, Namelo 2.
Ballaholics 42 – Rangamar 10, Kaipat 6, Imperial 6, R. Saralu 4, Br. Sablan 3, Be. Sablan 2, J. Sablan 2, Deleon Guerrero 2, Cangco 2, Pena 2, N. Saralu 1.
Scoring by quarters: 8-6, 25-20, 41-27, 52-42.