I Love Ladder Beach and AXE Proa kept their unbeaten records last week after prevailing against separate opponents in the UFO-Budweiser Open Division Basketball League at the Gillette Multipurpose Gymnasium.
I Love Ladder Beach won a shootout against Mobil/JP World (1-3) in last Thursday’s opening game, 112-96, to improve to a 5-0 record, while Proa dominated Toka Degree (1-4) in the second match, 88-69, for a 4-0 card.
Triples rained in the I Love Ladder Beach and Mobil tussle with the former having the upper hand, connecting on 18 treys against the latter’s 13.
Elgene Mangali dropped 6 triples for a game-high 27 points. His back-to-back shots from beyond the arc after Marlon Sison opened the final canto with a basket from downtown, too, started an I Love Ladder Beach breakaway. The team was ahead by 12 points at the end of the third canto, 82-70, and stretched the advantage, as Sison and Mangali continued to wax hot early in the fourth, while Rolly Paraiso and three other I Love Ladder Beach players picked up the slack in the closing minutes.
Freddie Pelisamen tried to keep Mobil in the game, as he also knocked in three triples in the fourth, but I Love Ladder Beach was simply on a zone, drilling one basket after another. I Love Ladder Beach sizzled for 30 points in the fourth, its biggest in a quarter and averaged 27.3 points in the first three periods with Mangali and company on fire from the 3-point line.
Sison also nailed six triples and finished with 19 points, while Kevin De Leon had two and added 12 markers. Paraiso and Wowie Abuel also chipped in twin digits with 17 and 15 markers, respectively.
Ronnel Gamboa top-scored for Mobil with his 33 points and he also matched Sison and Mangali’s conversion from downtown. However, he was held to two field goals in the fourth, leaving only Jun Estolas and Pelisamen to counter attack for Mobil. Pelisamen had 28 markers, while Estolas contributed 10. Bart Demapan was the fourth Mobil player to score in twin digits (10), and the three other players of coach Marvin Deocares nailed no more than one basket.
In the second game, Proa played an unpredictable offense to coast past Toka.
Six players registered double figures for Proa with Soane Pua leading his team in scoring for the first time with his 14 points. Joshua Sablan added 12, Dan Barcinas and Marvin Rabauliman contributed 11 each, and Lerio Pagarao recorded 10.
Axe Proa’s points were so evenly distributed that it left Toka Degree’s defense guessing all throughout the match. In contrast, Toka Degree was a two-man show with only Juan Camacho and Jawn Joyner burning the hoops for the team and scoring 23 and 22 points, respectively.
Sablan led Proa in the first quarter, hitting two triples and giving his team a 14-8 lead. Sablan added two more treys early in the second canto, while Barcinas took over past the halfway mark of that period, getting 8 points for a 36-29 halftime advantage.
In the third canto, seven Proa players made it to the board to break the game wide open, 64-49, while Pua made good use of his quality minutes in the fourth canto, knocking 8 of his total markers in that frame.
I Love Ladder Beach 112 – Mangali 27, Sison 19, Paraiso 17, Abuel 15, De Leon 12, McCain 8, Montano 7, Standish 5, Concepcion 2.
Mobil/JP World 96 – Gamboa 33, Pelisamen 28, Estolas 17, Demapan 10, Peredo 4, De Guzman 3, Galzote 1.
Scoring by quarters: 29-22, 53-48, 82-70, 112-96.
AXE Proa 88 – Pua 14, Sablan 12, Rabauliman 11, Barcinas 11, Pagarao 10, Libuw 10, Rosario 6, Lizama 4, Babauta 3, Inos 2.
Toka Degree 69 – Camacho 23, Ja. Joyner 22, Deleon Guerrero 9, Mendiola 8, Reyes 2.
Scoring by quarters: 16-9, 36-29, 64-49, 88-69.