Ghasias barges into win column, tops Mobil/JP World


Ghasias Brothers’ Freddie Pelisamen pulls up for an and-1 play against JP World/Mobil’s Ignacio Borja during the fourth quarter of their game in the DL caging last Saturday at the San Antonio court. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

Freddie Pelisamen exploded for 37 points to power Ghasias Brothers to a 93-81 win over Mobil/JP World in the lone game completed in the DL Corp Invitational Basketball League Season 5 last Saturday at the San Antonio court.

The victory was the first for Ghasias Brothers, which also played in the league’s opening day two weeks ago and led Kauila Enterprises, 59-50, before their match was stopped in the third quarter due to rain.

Against Mobil/JP World, which prevailed in the league’s opener versus the defending champion San Antonio, 85-69, Ghasias managed to wrap up the match and rode on Pelisamen’s steady shooting to deny the former the early lead in the nine-team field.

Pelisamen poured 9 points in the first period to lift Ghasias to a 19-12 advantage. Pelisamen added 6 more in the second, but the quarter belonged to Dan Barcinas, who knocked in 10 points, including two triples, to keep Ghasias in the driver’s seat at the break, 44-39.

At the resumption of the match, Pelisamen and Barcinas were still on target, but this time they also drew help from Marvin Rabauliman and Jack Lizama to give Ghasias its biggest lead, 68-52. Barcinas drilled his third triple of the night, padding Ghasias lead to as much as 16 before Mobil/JP World made a little headway in the last two minutes of that period behind Allen Dizon and Ignacio Borja. The two Mobil/JP World players scored their team’s last 10 markers in the third canto to bring the deficit down to 12, 59-71, going into the final frame.

However, Ghasias protected the double-digit advantage in the fourth quarter, as Mobil/JP World failed to neutralize Pelisamen in the closing period. Pelisamen fired 12 points in the fourth, making most of them off fastbreak plays, as Mobil/JP World turned the ball over several times early in that frame and the Ghasias gunner converted the errors into points.

Meanwhile, last Saturday’s second game between Hite Jinro and CES Electronics was rained out in the first period.

Ghasias 93 — F. Pelisamen 37, Barcinas, 19, Lizama 11, Rabauliman 8, B. Pelisamen 8, Lisua 5, Basa 3, J. Pelisamen 2.

Mobil/JP World 81 — Borja 18, Lilles 14, Camacho 12, Mangali 8, Villacrusis 6, Pagarao 6, Dizon 6, Quan 4, Ferrer 3.

Scoring by quarters: 19-12, 44-39, 71-59, 93-81.

Roselyn Monroyo | Reporter
Roselyn Monroyo is the sports reporter of Saipan Tribune. She has been covering sports competitions for more than two decades. She is a basketball fan and learned to write baseball and football stories when she came to Saipan in 2005.

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