Island Floral picked up its second win in as many games after beating Maplas, 67-60, in the curtain raiser in the 2nd DL Corp. Invitational Basketball League last Wednesday night at the Gualo Rai Basketball Court.
An even distribution of points helped Island Floral secure the 7-point win over Maplas. Jun Tabora led Maplas with his 14 points, while Alex Standish contributed 12. Four other Island Floral players combined for 33 points to offset Christian Devero’s game-high 25 markers for Maplas. John Santos chipped in 9 for Island Floral, while Syl Teregeyo, Cesar Bisana, and Jerome Norita added 8 apiece.
With Devero anchoring Maplas’ offense and drawing some help from Edmark Mendoza, the first game of the night was pretty even after the first half. Island Floral clung to a 29-28 lead at the break after falling behind in opening canto, also by a hair, 13-14.
Island Floral then managed to gain more distance in the third, 47-41, after Santos, Standish, and Tabora teamed up in balance offense, while it was still a Devero show for Maplas, as Mendoza was held to a field goal in that canto.
Mendoza tried to redeem himself in the fourth period, but only he and Devero made it to the board in the majority of that frame before Mico Usi converted worthless baskets, as Island Floral was still in control and continued to spread the wealth.
Fong’s Bakery 66, Docomo 58
In the second game, Fong’s Bakery won its debut after defeating Docomo Pacific (1-1).
Fong’s recorded a 26-9 scoring in the second canto to turn a 10-11 deficit to a promising 37-19 advantage. Fong’s never looked back from thereon, withstanding every Docomo rally.
Jason Bahillo led Fong’s in the crucial second-quarter uprising, as he unloaded three triples, closing the period with back-to-back shots from beyond the arc to match the entire Docomo output. Only Erwin Gomez canned more than one field goal for Docomo in the second-quarter slowdown.
Bahillo hit two more treys in the third canto to preserve Fong’s double-digit lead, while Badong Camacho took over in the fourth, drilling 9 points. Camacho top-scored for Fong’s with his 16 points, while Bahillo nailed 15.
Kixx 74, Adobo 56
In the lone game completed last Monday, Kixx Engine Oil stunned defending champion Adobo.
Kixx gained its first win after a 0-2 start, capitalizing on the early absence of Adobo key players. Adobo played without Lester Vertudez in the first half, while Ichitaro Faisao arrived only in the fourth quarter.
Despite missing its main gunners, Adobo managed to keep up with Kixx in the first half, fallimg behind by only one, 33-34, before the latter turned on the heat in the third canto and raced to a 61-44 advantage.
Erlan Lansang and George De Guzman teamed up in the third-quarter push with the former connecting on two triples and scoring 8 points. De Guzman also had 8 markers and four other Kixx players scored in the third to set up the upset.
Kixx 74 – De Guzman 27, Lansang 12, Guiab 12, Tibayan 7, Pangelinan 4, Fernandez 3, De Jesus 3, Patawaran 2.
Adobo 56 – De Leon 15, Yap 12, Faisao 8, Saturno 8, Apelo 7, Gotengco 4, Vertudez 2.
Scoring by quarters: 15-4, 34-33, 61-44, 74-56.
Island Floral 67 – Tabora 14, Standish 12, Santos 9, Teregeyo 8, Bisana 8, Norita 8, Lieto 3, Tobias 3.
Maplas 60 – Devero 25, Mendoza 17, R. Usi 10, M. Usi 6, Mateo 2.
Scoring by quarters: 13-14, 29-28, 47-41, 67-60.
Fong’s Bakery 66 – Camacho 16, Bahillo 15, Jose 8, Guntar 4, Reyes 4, Santos 4, Barrios 4, David 3, Corotan 2, Samson 2.
Docomo Pacific 58 – Villacrusis 13, Paraiso 11, Sanciangco 8, Tudela 7, Gomez 6, Camacho 6, Sison 3.
Scoring by quarters: 11-10, 37-19, 49-38, 66-