Games in the 2nd DL Corp. Invitational Basketball League resumed last Monday night with Island Manpower and the Chinatown Saints outlasting separate opponents at the Gualo Rai Basketball Court.
Island Manpower pulled off a come-from-behind 71-63 victory over the San Roque Bandits to make it to the win column in Pool B of the league that was missing in action for more than a week due to the inclement weather. In the second game, Chinatown faced Kixx Engine Oil and eked out a 73-69 win, also the former’s first after losing to defending champion Adobo in the opener and tying Saipan Ice (56-all) in a rain-suspended match on Oct. 8.
Chinatown escaped with the 4-point win after drilling crucial free throws in the homestretch. Justin Zapanta scored the Saints ‘ last four points and all came from the foul line, while Vince Iglecias added two charities.
Kixx fell to a 0-2 record after squandering a 5-point lead at the end of the third period and nailing only four field goals and 10 points in the fourth canto. Only Junar Guiab connected on more than one fiel goal for KIxx in the payoff frame, as Jorge De Guzman, who finished the third with 20 markers, was held to 3 points.
While De Guzman played flat in the fourth quarter, Iglecias stepped up, as he scored 5 of Chinatown’s first 7 points before adding two free throws to his credit in the closing seconds. Pete Lizama and Rodney Sacramento also helped Chinatown’s cause, chipping in 4 points apiece in the final canto.
A fourth-quarter push also lifted Island Manpower to its first win of the season after bowing to Island Floral early this month.
Down by a hair after the third canto, 50-51, Ivan Devero turned the deficit to the 8-point win after scoring four straight baskets past the halfway mark of the fourth frame. Bernard Montano and Francis Rebuyon also contributed to the fourth-quarter rally, adding 5 and 4 points, respectively.
San Roque drew baskets from multiple players in the fourth quarter, but none of them made more than one field goal, as the team was outgunned in the last 10 minutes of play, 12-21. San Roque dropped to a 1-1 slate despite controlling majority of the match. The Bandits went up by 5 after the first canto, 18-13, as four of its players drilled at least two field goals apiece.
San Roque kept the advantage at the break, 33-29, behind Jun Alipio, who logged 9 of his 20 points in the second canto. Alipio added 7 more markers in the third period, as San Roque hung on to a precarious one-point lead, which it eventually lost, as no one stepped up for the Bandits and exchanged blows with Devero in the fourth canto.
Island Manpower 71 – Devero 29, Esteves 12, Capuyon Jr. 5, Montano 5, Rebuyon 4, Capuyon Sr. Gonzales 2, Espinosa 2.
San Roque 63 – Alipio 20, Odicta 10, Gapor 8, Pineda 8, Salazar 7, Guiang 5, Achas 3.
Scoring by quarters: 12-18, 29-3, 50-51, 71-53.
Chinatown 73 – Zapanta 20, Sacramento 15, Iglecias 12, Lizama 11, Kwon 7, Helmey 2, Lapuz 2.
Kixx Engine Oil 69 – Guiab 25, De Guzman 23, Tibayan 11, Pangelinan 3, Patawaran 2, Tengco 2.
Scoring by quarters: 16-16, 35-32, 54-59, 73-69.