Ace Hardware and Mobil/JP World earned their second straight win after prevailing in their respective games in the 2016 Emon Lodge No. 179 Brotherhood/IT&E Basketball League last Sunday at the Civic Center Basketball Court.
Mobil/JP World, which won the league’s opener last Jan. 3 with a 94-74 rout of MJD Enterprises, made it two in a row following an 85-76 triumph against Shirley’s Coffee Shop (1-1) in last weekend’s curtain-raiser. Ace Hardware also moved up to a 2-0 mark to join Mobil/JP World in the early lead after whipping GPPC (1-1), 82-55, in the second match.
Both Ace Hardware and Mobil/JP World played better in the second half to cruise to victory.
Ace Hardware was only up by 8 at halftime, 38-30, before taking a baker’s dozen lead after the third period, 55-42. Sidney Quan led Ace’s third-quarter assault, scoring 8 straight markers midway in that period.
Then in the final canto, Jethro Cruz closed out for Ace, knocking in the team’s last 8 markers, including a banked triple in the closing seconds of the match.
Cruz went on to top-score for Ace Hardware with his 19 points. Four other Ace Hardware players finished in double figures with Don Brennan adding 15, Quan chipping in 14, and Daniel Camacho and Keoni Chariton contributing 10 apiece.
Randy Mungcal paced GPPC with his 20 markers.
In the first game, Mobil/JP turned a 47-35 halftime edge to a 70-56 advantage , thanks to Elgene Mangali’s 9 markers and ample support from his teammates in the third quarter.
Shirley’s behind Rabasto’s triples managed to cut the deficit to single digit in the fourth period, but still fell short in the end as Ignacio Borja and Lerio Pagarao delivered timely baskets for Mobil/JP World to keep their safe distance.
Mobil 85 —Borja 19, Mangali 13, Pagarao 10, Camacho 9, Liles 7, Ferrer 7, Villacrusis 6, Paraiso 5,
Shirley’s 76—Rabasto 17, De Guzman 15, Pollisco 13, Usi 12, Dela Rosa 9, Pamintuan 4, Drilon 3.
Scoring by quarters: 21-18, 35-47, 70-56, 85-76.
Ace 82 —Cruz 19, Brennan 15, Quan 14, Camacho 10, Chariton 10, Ong 6, Younis 6.
GPPC 55— Mungcal 20, Ocampo 14, Laguindam, Tagle 6, Sampang 4, Salgatar 3, Barron 2.
Scoring by quarters: 18-14, 38-30, 55-42, 82-55.