Degree/UPAA and Laguna/Erika’s Catering coasted past separate opponents during the Week 3 games in the 2013 UFO-Budweiser Masters Division Basketball League last Saturday at the Gillette Multipurpose Gymnasium of the TSL Sports Complex.
Degree played in the first game and pounded the winless Pacific Islands Club (0-3), 84-56, while Laguna bounced back from its debut loss with an 85-55 thrashing of Shakir Realty (1-2) in the second match of the weekend.
The head and tail duel between Degree and PIC was decided just right after the first half, as the former built a big a 43-15 halftime lead en route to its third win in as many games. Alex Ocampo and Dindo Pablo connived in the second-quarter breakaway, combining for 15 points. The duo alone more than doubled up PIC’s production in the second canto, as the San Antonio-based team logged only 6 points behind the two field goals of Rommel Bartolo and Carlos Ballesteros’ basket.
With a commanding lead, Degree had the luxury of rotating its roster in the second half and most of the players capitalized on the quality minutes they got, adding more points to the team’s tally. Only Ocampo finished in twin digits for Degree with his 15 points, but 10 of his teammates contributed at least 4 points each.
In the second game, Laguna entered the win column after withstanding Shakir Realty’s late third-quarter rally and holding the latter to 2 points in the first seven and a half minutes of the fourth quarter.
Laguna once led by double digits in the third, 50-40, when Ernie Moises led a short 8-0 run to move Shakir within a deuce, 48-50. A 10-foot jumper from Jun Alipio halted the Shakir Realty’s uprising and gave Laguna more cushion at the end of that canto.
After threatening Laguna in the closing minutes of the third period, Shakir Realty lost esteem in the fourth, as only Rodney Catalla hit a field goal for the team in the fourth quarter. Laguna, on the other hand played steady offense with Jun Tabora pulling away with fastbreak layups and Alipio consistently making short jumpers. The duo teamed up for 12 points in Laguna’s 15-2 scoring in the first seven and a half minutes of the match to hand Shakir Realty its second straight loss
Melvin Villarin then put the finishing touches on Laguna’s 30-point victory after canning back-to-back triples in the last two minutes of the match.
Alipio top-scored for Laguna with his 22 points, while Tabora and Villarin added 20 and 11, respectively.
Mike Surima paced Shakir Realty with his 14 markers, while Moises chipped in 12.
Degree/UPAA 84 – Ocampo 15, Pablo 9, Rabago 9, Drilon 9, Valdez 8, Mejia 8, De la Torre 5, Jinang 5, Echavez 4, Tobias 4, Salazar 4.
PIC 56 – Sublemente 14, Bartolo 12, Ballesteros 7, J. Ricafort 4, Tolentino 4, Hernandez 4, Reyes 2, Baterina 1.
Scoring by quarters: 20-9, 43-15, 56-27, 84-56.
Laguna 85 – Alipio 22, Tabora 20, Villarin 11, Buhay 8, Guinto 7, Catalla 5, Geli 4, Lansang 4, Zapata 4, Catacutan 2.
Shakir Realty 55 – Surima 14, Moises 12, Canoy 8, Paraiso 7, Montes 4, Sevilla 3, Bautista 2, Guirey 2.
Scoring by quarters: 21-15, 34-31, 52-48, 85-55.