It was only the G-Rollers’ second win in six games and they will be gunning for third in their last assignment (against Laly 4) in the regular season. The Runnin’ Rebels hold the same 2-4 record and will meet the Sonics in a make-up game on Monday.
The G-Rollers coasted past the Runnin’ Rebels after a 24-6 scoring spurt in the second quarter, turning a 16-11 advantage to a 40-17 halftime edge. Mike Arciaga led the breakaway, scoring 7 in the second period, while Irvin Malonzo, John Babauta, Prince Factor, and Jason Iglecias chipped in at least two baskets apiece.
The Runnin’ Rebels, on the other hand, were held to three field goals in the uneventful second period with E.J. Ermitanio, Dennis Moses, and Adrian De Luna drilling one bucket each.
The Runnin’ Rebels never made it out of the big hole, as it failed to contain Arciaga in the second half. Arciaga, who scored only one basket in the third period, saved his best for last, exploding for 14 points in the final quarter. He recorded the G-Rollers’ first 12 points in the fourth period and also hit the team’s last basket to finish with a game-high 26 markers.
Arciaga and company managed to ease past the Runnin’ Rebels despite playing with only five players in the first half. Karl Rios reported for the match in the second half when the G-Rollers had the game in control with its much solid starters dominating the younger Runnin’ Rebels crew.
No Runnin’ Rebels player barged into double figures with Edmon Borja making only 8 points to lead his team. Borja posted the Runnin’ Rebels first 4 points and the first two came in a while, as both teams took some time to heat up after waiting for almost an hour to start the match. The game was delayed due to the lack of referees.
G-Rollers 76 – Arciaga 26, Factor 17, Babauta 14, Malonzo 10, Iglecias 4, Rios 4.
Runnin’ Rebels 44– Borja 8, Ong 5, Miller 4, Anderson 4, Nakashima 4, De Luna 4, Castillo 3, Peters 3, Magofnia 3, Moses 2, Ermitanio 2, Kabiriel 1.
Scoring by quarters: 16-11, 40-17, 52-31, 76-44.