Joeten 1 hammers TanHoldings 2


Two Joeten 1 defenders tries to prevent TanHoldings 2’s Benedict Canete from making a pass to his teammates during the resumption of games in the JP World caging last Saturday at the Gillette Multipurpose Gymnasium. (Kimberly A. Bautista)

Joeten 1 crushed TanHoldings 2/CTSI, 99-76, at the resumption of the 2018 JP World Corp. Customer Appreciation Basketball League last Saturday at the Gillette Multipurpose Gymnasium.

Joeten 1 played a consistent offense, scoring 20-plus points in each of the four quarters to whip TanHoldings 2/CTSI in the first match in the league since it was put on hold in October last year after Super Typhoon Yutu devastated the islands.

After leading by only 5 points, 27-22, Joeten 1 pulled away in the second period with another 27-point production, 54-33. Kevin Kabiriel scored 7 points in the second canto and got a lot of help from his teammates to hand Joeten 1 a 21-point advantage at the halftime break.

When the game resumed. Joeten 1 was still at it with Chris Lilles firing 16 of his 21 markers in the second half to lift the team to the easy victory. Lilles had 9 points in the third period, which ended with Joeten 1 comfortably ahead at 78-43.

With only a quarter left in the game and the win in the bag, Joeten 1 finally let its guard down and allowed TanHoldings 2 to pick up its scoring.

Ariel Jinang finished with 32 points for TanHoldings 2, making most of his baskets in the final canto, while Lawrence Deleon Guerrero contributed 16.

Tom Agustin and Vince Teregeyo had 16 markers each to back up Lilles, while Alex Lauron and Patrick Rotap also registered twin digits in Joeten’s lopsided victory after recording 13 apiece.

Joeten 1 99—Lilles 21, Agustin 16, Teregeyo 16, Rotap 13, Lauron 13, Kabiriel 7, Tobias 5, Sambile 4, Quan 2.
TanHoldings 2/ CTSI 76—Jinang 32, Deleon Guerrero 16, Tenepere 14, Echavez 4, Rivera 4, Maliwanag 4, Manalili 2.
Scoring by quarters: 27-22, 54-33, 78-43, 99-76.

Kimberly Bautista Esmores | Reporter
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