Angelo Fernando reported back for duty and powered San Roque to a 70-57 win over Maplas in the lone game completed in the 2nd DL Corp. Invitational Basketball League last Saturday night at the Gualo Rai Basketball Court.
Fernando did not play in San Roque’s 63-71 loss to Island Manpower on Oct. 14 and when he returned to action, he was all over the court, pouring 33 points in the team’s 13-point victory. He and McClain Achas teamed up in an 11-3 start and the San Roque continued slashing through the lane in the last three quarters to cause troubles to Maplas’ defense.
The San Roque wingman was so unstoppable that he dropped his team’s last 6 points in the third quarter to halt Maplas’ rally, and then nailed the squad’s first 9 markers in the fourth canto.
Edmark Mendoza and Dexter Tenorio tried to join forces to lessen the damage Fernando was creating on San Roque’s defense, however their baskets were scattered and could not muster a comeback. Mendoza finished with 17 points, but had only two fields goals in the fourth, the same baskets Tenorio drilled in the payoff canto.
With Tenorio and Mendoza failing to can buckets in streaks, Maplas scored no more than 16 points in each of the four quarters. It’s second field goal of the game came past the halfway mark of the first quarter.
Meanwhile, the Adobo-Fong’s Bakery game last Saturday was rained-out with the latter ahead, 35-34, with 9:45 left in the fourth canto. Noel David opened the third period with a layup to put Fong’s Bakery on top before organizers halted the game due to the heavy shower.
The low-scoring game saw Fong’s taking the driver’s seat at the end of the first period, 15-1, as it held Adobo to three field goals in that canto, while drawing 6 points from J.R. Barrios. Then in the second period, it was Adobo’s turn to neutralize Fong’s Bakery, which tallied only 6 markers, allowing the former to wrestle the lead at halftime, 22-21.
The seesaw battle continued in the third with Ichitaro Faisao keeping Adobo afloat and Fong’s Bakery getting contributions from multiple players to stay in the game, which will resume tomorrow after the first match.
San Roque 70 – Fernando 33, Mc. Achas 8, Odicta 6, Alipio 5, Gapor 5, Salazar 4, Mi. Achas 2.
Maplas 57 – Mendoza 17, Tenorio 13, Devero 9, Mateo 8, M. Usi 5, Claveria 2.
Scoring by quarters: 17-12, 35-26, 49-42,