Blue Haus took the solo lead in the 2013 UFO-Budweiser Masters Division Basketball League after pounding Degree/UPAA, 112-83, in the second game last Saturday at the Gillette Multipurpose Gymnasium of the TSL Sports Complex.
The expected close match between two unbeaten teams ended in a lopsided one, as Blue Haus (3-0) caught Degree (3-1) by surprise early in the first quarter, as the division leader pushed a 12-2 lead. Degree scored the first basket in the game off Ferdie Tobias’ bucket, but Blue Haus quickly answered with 10 straight points to take control of the match from thereon.
Edgar Pangelinan’s triples, Francis Rebuyon’s short banked jumpers, and Blue Haus fastbreak plays and second chance baskets made it difficult for Degree to climb out of a big hole in the first half. Blue Haus led by as much as 22 points in the first 20 minutes of play, 51-29, before Degree moved within 13 at the break, 42-55.
Degree cut the deficit to as low as 9 in the opening minutes of the third canto, 46-55, but 3 straight points from Edsel Mendoza brought order back to Blue Haus. Blue Haus went on to dominate the last seven minutes of the third period with Rebuyon showing no respect to Degree’s defense, scoring 10 points in that period.
Pangelinan picked up where Rebuyon left off, opening the fourth with back-to-back triples. Both players finished with 20-plus points, as Rebuyon had a game-high 24 and Pangelinan chipped in 22. Mendoza also had twin digits for Blue Haus, drilling 11, while Junar Guiab added 10.
Arile Jinang top-scored for Degree with his 17 markers, nailing a couple of triples in the first half in a futile bid to keep his team afloat. Dindo Pablo contributed 13, while Alex Ocampo was held to 8 points. The mobile forward, who scored in twin digits in Degree’s first three wins and averaged 18.3 points per match, had a shooting nightmare against Blue Haus. He made only three field goals in the entire game and was scoreless in the fourth, missing a bunch of short jumpers and a couple of close range shots.
Laguna 96, PIC 85
In the first game, Laguna notched its second consecutive win after outclassing Pacific Islands Club.
Though it absorbed its fourth straight loss, PIC played its best game so far in the season. It led Laguna in the first half and was still in the game in the fourth quarter before falling short in the end.
James Abuy finally played for PIC and together with Butch Sublemente and Raymund Tolentino, they stunned Laguna in the first period, 21-15. PIC kept the lead at the break, 41-40, before Jun Tabora and Jun Alipio took over for Laguna and grabbed the upper hand at the end of the third, 71-68. Alipio and Tabora combined for 21 of Laguna’s 31 points in the third.
The game remained close in the fourth quarter with Tolentino’s banked shot moving PIC within a basket, 80-82, with less than four minute left in the match. Sensing trouble, Laguna sued for time and when the game resumed, it launched a 13-5 windup to end PIC’s hopes of entering the win column. Tabora this time teamed up with Melvin Villarin in closing out the match.
Tabora finished with a season-high 39 points, while Alipio and Villarin chipped in 16 and 13, respectively. Abuy had 20 points for PIC, which drew 18 markers each from Sublemente and Tolentino.
Laguna 96 – Tabora 39, Alipio 16, Villarin 13, Zapanta 9, Geli 8, Catalla 4, Guino 4, Darag 1.
PIC 85 – Abuy 20, Sublemente 18, Tolentino 18, Bartolo 9, Baterina 4, Hernandez 4, J. Ricafort Bea 2, Apasan 2.
Scoring by quarters: 15-21, 40-41, 71-68, 96-85.
Blue Haus 112 – Pangelinan 22, Rebuyon 21, Mendoza 11, Guiab 10, Santos 8, Manabat 4, J. Fernandez 4, S. Fernandez 4, Palacios 4, Manabat 3.
Degree 83 – Jinang 17, Pablo 13, De Guzman 9, Ocampo 8, De La Torre 8, Drilon 6, Valdez 6, Tobias 5.
Scoring by quarters: 27-16, 55-42, 82-66, 112-83