Defending champion MDX/Armatech regrouped, as it hammered Shakir Realty, 91-72, in the third game in the 2013 UFO-Budweiser Masters Division Basketball League last Saturday at the Gillette Multipurpose Gymnasium of the TSL Sports Complex.
Armatech, which came from a 73-83 loss to the league-leading and undefeated Blue Haus (3-0), now has a 2-2 record, but remained in fourth place in the team standings with its roller-coaster performance in the first round of the regular season. Shakir Realty is also at the bottom half of the six-team field with its 1-3 slate, dropping its last three games after winning its debut against Pacific Islands Club (0-4). Degree (3-1) and Laguna (2-1) complete the field.
Armatech added to Shakir Realty’s woes after leading the game from start to finish. The defending champion drew at least two field goals apiece from four players to establish an early double-digit advantage after the first 10 minutes of play, 23-11. Shakir was held to 11, as it connected only four field goals and only Joselino Canoy drilled more than one basket for the squad.
Another 20-plus output in the second canto ballooned Armatech’s lead to 24 at halftime, 50-26. Martin Moreno, who came off the bench in the opening canto, started out the second canto and anchored the breakaway, firing 10 points in that period. Shakir Realty picked up its scoring a bit in the second quarter, but its points were scattered and no one seemed willing to really take over the team’s offense.
Canoy tried to be the go-to-guy for Shakir at the start of the second half, as he nailed three triples and 11 points in the third quarter. However, he had only Roger Paraiso for support, while Armatech shuffled its men and got contributions from the players it fielded in the game to keep the comfortable lead, 70-45, with only one quarter to go.
Ahead by a big margin, Armatech hung loose in the fourth quarter, but Shakir Realty failed to capitalize, as it was contended on trading baskets with the defending champion. Shakir Realty also lacked the offensive firepower to overhaul Armatech’s huge lead, as Paraiso and Angelo Bautista fouled out and its second stringers failed to keep up with the defending champion’s more fundamentally-sound players. Bruce Berline and Moreno top-scored or Armatech, recording 15 points apiece. Three other Armatech players finished in twin digits with Sonny Ebuen adding 12 and Bernard Montano and Peter Crisostomo earning 11 and 10, respectively. Canoy led Armatech with his 19 points.
Meanwhile, Week 5 games in the Masters division will be played this Saturday with Degree taking on Laguna in the first match at 5pm and Shakir Realty challenging Blue Haus in the second tiff at 6:30pm.
In the Open division, the unbeaten I Love Ladder Beach (4-0) will put its clean slate at stake tonight when it battles Mobil/JP World in the first game at 6:30pm. In the second game at 8pm, it will be Toka Degree versus Axe Proa.
Armatech/MDX 91 – Berline 15, Moreno 15, Ebuen 12, Montano 11, Crisostomo 10, Gabaldon 8, Pineda 6, Malasarte 2, Canedo 2, Park 2.
Shakir Realty 72 – Canoy 19, Moises 17, Surima 11, Bautista 6, Paraiso 6, Guirey 4, Sevilla 3, Conto 2, Imbo 2.
Scoring by quarters: 23-11, 50-26, 70-45, 91-72.