Adobo and RadioCom bagged the first two semis berths in the 2013 DL Corp. Invitational Basketball after eliminating separate foes at the resumption of the playoff round last Friday night at the Gualo Rai Basketball Court.
RadioCom resumed action in the DL Corp. caging playoffs, which was cancelled last Wednesday due to rain, and outclassed Kamikaze in the first game, 86-75, while Adobo defeated Five O Restaurant in the second match, 61-53.
RadioCom buckled down to work in the second half to oust Kamikaze to barge into the semifinals. The opposing teams slugged it out in the first half with only a point separating them at the end of each of the first two quarters before RadioCom managed to make some headway in the third and began controlling the game. Justin Zapanta, Jun Pantaleon, and Sheen Metran teamed up in the third canto assault, scoring 6 points apiece to give RadioCom a 65-58 advantage.
The lead went up to double digits early in the fourth canto, but Kamikaze refused to give up and sliced the deficit to 7, 73-80, after Rodney Sacramento’s 3-point play, 2:23 left in the game. Kamikaze then had a chance to move closer when Edwin Santos was fouled, but he missed both shots from the stripe, while Rocyl Ritual sealed the win for RadiCom, making 4 straight points off a layup from Perry Inos’ feed and two charities.
Ritual, Zapanta, and Metran all finished in double figures with the latter leading the group with his 15 markers. Zapanta chipped in 14, Ritual added 10, and four other RadioCom players contributed at least 6 points apiece for the team’s even offense. In contrast, Kamikaze relied mostly on two players—Marlon De Dios and Sacramento—who fired 20 and 17 points, respectively.
In the second game, Lester Vertudez nailed 22 points to power Adobo to the 8-point win. His baseline jumper in the closing minutes of the game halted Five O’s last rally.
Turning a precarious 44-42 lead to a 56-44 bubble, after outgunning Five 0 for five minutes, Adobo’s advantage was trimmed to 6, 50-56, when the former launched a short run, 6-0, off Randy Mungcal’s back-to-back baskets and Bryle Alegre’s drive. Alegre then had an opportunity to bring the lead down to 4 or less when Adobo lost possession at the backcourt, but the Five O forward bungled a close range shot.
Vertudez went on to restore order to Adobo when he canned a short jumper from the right baseline and L.J. Hemley followed it up with another jump shot near the foul line to beat the 24-second shot clock. Five O kept fighting and brought the deficit down to single digit anew, 60-53, off Melvin Cadiang’s three free throws, with 1:05 left on the clock. However, another muffed shot from Jaymark De Guzman, who also went 0-for-2 from the foul line in the ensuing play, and J.R. Barrios’ missed triple pushed Five O to the exit door.
Meanwhile, Mawati, Sister Market, Fong’s Fliptop, and Maplas battle for the last two Final Four slots today.
RadioCom 86 – Metran 15, Zapanta 14, Ritual 10, Inos 9, Standish 8, Pantaleon 8, Ong 6, Salas 4.
Kamikaze 75 – De Dios 20, Sacramento 17, Rivera 10, Santos 7, Lagmay 6, Sacramento 6, Achas 5.
Scoring by quarters: 19-20, 41-42, 65-58, 86-75.
Adobo 61 – Vertudez 22, Palacios 10, Deleon Guerrero 9, Saturno 6, Francisco 6, Hemley 4, Dela Cruz 4.
Five O 53 – Cadiang 19, Alegre 10, Mungcal 9, De Guzman 8, Villanueva 3, David 1.
Scoring by quarters: 8-5, 23-21, 40-35, 61-53.