Blue Haus moved a win away from sweeping the first round of the 2013 UFO-Budweiser Masters Division Basketball League after clobbering Shakir Realty, 101-73, last Saturday at the Gillette Multipurpose Gymnasium of the TSL Sports Complex.
The division leader notched its fourth victory in as many games after dominating Shakir Realty (1-4) in the second half. Shakir Realty played with a depleted roster and after keeping up with Blue Haus in the first half, the former ran out of offensive options in the end, allowing the latter to cruise to the 28-point win.
After deadlock at the break, 28-all, Edgar Pangelinan, Edsel Mendoza, and Francis Rebuyon worked together in the third quarter to lift Blue Haus to a double-digit advantage, 63-53. Mendoza and Pangelinan scored 7 points apiece in the third, while Rebuyon chipped in 6.
Pangelinan drilled Blue Haus’ last 5 points in the third period and he remained on target in the fourth, pouring 15 more markers to finish with a game-high 30. Mendoza and Rebuyon also had twin digits with 13 and 10, respectively, while Junar Guiab completed Blue Haus’ balance scoring, contributing 14.
Mike Surima top-scored for Shakir with his 21 points, while Joselino Canoy added 20, but was scoreless in the fourth quarter. Canoy’s triples in the first half and Surima’s layups kept Shakir Realty in the game in the first half before the team lost its chances of ending a three-game slid in the second half, as it did not have enough manpower to battle the much deeper bench of the streaking Blue Haus.
Laguna 100, Degree 96
Laguna/Erika’s Catering is also on a roll after beating D&E Degree in the first game
Laguna zoomed to its third straight win after dropping its debut against Blue Haus, while Degree ended the first round of the double-round robin regular season a losing skid, dropping to a 3-2 slate for third place. Laguna moved up to solo second with its 3-1 card.
Jun Tabora and Rodney Catalla prevailed in a shootout against Degree’s gunners to help Laguna eke out the 4-point win. Tabora exploded for 43 points, sealing their win after scoring Laguna’s last 5 points, three of them came from clutch free throws.
Catalla chipped in 30 and made seven triples. He dropped trey long bombs in the first period, powering Laguna to a 24-17 lead. Laguna kept the upper hand in the second canto, 51-47, as Catalla added two more treys and Tabora nailed 10 points.
Despite Catalla and Tabora’s hot shooting, Degree still faced a manageable deficit at halftime, as Ferdie Tobias, Alex Ocampo also hit their marks in the first 20 minutes of play. Degree even forced a standoff at the end of the third, 76-all, with Tobias and Ocampo drilling the team’s last two baskets in that period.
However, Degree simply could not stop Tabora from doing the damage on offense, as the Laguna shooter scored 15 big points in the payoff canto to hand its foe back-to-back losses
Laguna 100 —Tabora 43, Catalla 30, Guinto 9, Zapata 6, Alipio 3, Darag 2, Geli 2, Barrozo 2.
D&E Degree 96 – Tobias 26, Ocampo 22, Cosino 16, Jinang 7, de la Torre 6, Drilon 6, Valdez 4, Pablo 3.
Scoring by quarters: 24-17, 51-47, 76-76, 100-96.
Blue Haus 101 – Pangelinan 30, Guiab 14, Mendoza 13, Rebuyon 10, G. Palacuos 7, F. Palacios 6, Manabat 6, Factor 4, Santos 4, Fernandez 2.
Shakir Realty 73 – Surima 21, Canoy 20, Moises 11, Paraiso 9, Guirey 5, Sevila 4.1
Scoring by quarters: 17-12, 28-28, 63-53, 101-73.