I Love Ladder Beach bagged its third straight win in the UFO-Budweiser Open Division Basketball League after dominating the Hoopaholics, 83-65, in the first game last Thursday night at the Gillette Multipurpose Gymnasium.
With the victory, I Love Ladder Beach moved up to solo first place in the team standings in the seven-team field, one win ahead of AXE Proa (2-0). The Hoopaholics fell to third place and had its two-game winning streak snapped after dropping to a 2-2 slate. Completing the standings are Kanoa Resort (1-2), Mobil/JP World (1-2), KB Market (1-2), and Toka Degree (1-3).
Ladder Beach took the 18-point winning margin after a consistent offense, as it scored no less than 18 points in each of the four quarters. Coach Boy Garcia’s team also had a balance offense, as four of its starters logged double figures. Alex Standish, who had 12 points in his debut with Ladder Beach and their 81-67 win over Kanoa Resort on Oct. 10, played even better against the Hoopaholics, drilling 16. His fellow starters Elgene Mangali and Wowie Abuel chipped in 12 and 11, respectively, while starting center Ken McCain added 10. Marlon Sison came off the bench for Ladder Beach and top-scored for the squad with his 17 markers.
Only two players broke into double figures for the Hoopaholics with Zack Babauta firing 16 and Fred Litulumar contributing 12. Though he led the Hoops’ offense, Babauta was scoreless in the fourth quarter where his team was held to six field goals. Before the fourth quarter started, the Hoops only faced a 54-59 deficit, but ended up trailing by twin digits after Ladder Beach collected 24 points against its foe’s 14.
The Hoops failed to keep up against the much stronger and taller Ladder Beach frontliners (Standish and McCain) and neutralize Sison, who earned 15 of his total points from downtown.
Mobil 91, Toka Degree 71
In the second game, Mobil/JP World entered the win column after a 0-2 start, following a rout of Toka Degree.
Mobil showed solid offense in the first two quarters to set up the 20-point win and end its losing skid.
Freddie Pelisamen anchored Mobil’s scoring early, hitting 12 points and giving his squad a 22-16 advantage. The lead grew to twin digits at halftime, 50-32, as Pelisamen was still unstoppable, adding 16 more markers. The Mobil gunner scored on streaks, firing 9 straight markers early in the second canto and nailing 7 of their last 8 points in that period.
Pelisamen finally slowed down in the second half, but his teammates took over to keep Mobil’s comfortable lead. Pelisamen finished the game with 32 points, while Angelo Fernando backed him up, chipping in 15. Four more Mobil players combined for 29 markers.
Toka, which played without siblings Ed and Tony Diaz, leaned on the 18 points of Shane Mendiola.
I Love Ladder Beach 83 – Sison 17, Standish 16, Mangali 12, Abuel 11, McCain 10, Paraiso 6, Montano 5, De Leon 2.
Hoopaholics 65 – Babauta 15, Litulumar 12, Fitial 9, Lauron 8 Tenorio 8, Itibus 6, Manibusan 4, Diaz 3.
Scoring by quarters: 18-14, 40-36, 59-54, 83-65.
Mobil/JP World 91 – Pelisamen 32, Fernando 15, Peredo 9, Demapan 8, Estolas 6, Ruluked 6, Kaipat 4, Gapor 1.
Toka Degree 71 – Mendiola 18, Camacho 17, Ja. Joyner 15, Reyes 6, Peters 4, Jo. Joyner 3, Aughenbaugh 3.
Scoring by quarters: 22-16, 50-32, 69-46, 91-71.