Kensington Hotel and Islander Rent A Car led from start to finish en route to winning their season debut in the 2018 Emon Lodge No. 179 Brotherhood/IT&E Basketball League last Monday at the Koblerville Gymnasium.
Islander played in the first game and defeated Cellular Pro, 70-61, while Kensington topped PEGS in the second match, 74-69.
Ken Viray towed Islander to victory after scoring 22 points. He also drew enough help from his teammates, as four other Islander players chipped in at least three baskets each.
Viray drilled his team’s first basket and finished the opening quarter with 7 points for their 18-13 advantage. The lead ballooned to double figures at the break, 35-21, as Viray continued attacking Cellular Pro’s defense. He delivered the team’s last 8 points in the first half, while Ed Pangelinan, Paulo Sanguyo, and Angelo Fernando made their contributions in the third quarter to keep Islander in front.
Islander’s multiple options on offense prevented Prince Factor from bringing Cellular Pro back into the game. Factor had 23 points for the losing squad and was the lone player on Cellular Pro to hit more than three field goals in the third period.
In the second game, veteran Elmer Pineda, June Alipio, and Arellano scored crucial baskets in the fourth quarter to help Kensington foil PEGS’ comeback bid.
Pineda had 6 points in the final canto, while Alipio and Arellano combined for 8 markers. The fourth period ended with Kensington ahead, 56-48, but PEGS rallied behind the consecutive baskets of Ron Gamboa, who scored 15 points in the payoff frame.
PEGS played catch up since the first quarter, which saw Kensington taking a 24-16 advantage, as Alipio knocked in 7 of his 15 points in that period. Kensington kept the upper hand in the second quarter, thanks to Jomac Manzano’s baskets, while Arellano dropped 8 points in the third, as their squad was still in control of the match. Arellano finished the game with a team-high 19 points.