Old Iskool spelled its team name wrong but that didn’t prevent them from teaching Gilas Batang a neat hoops lesson in their masters division game in the United Filipino Organization IT&E 2019 Basketball League last Saturday at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium.
With gunners Edgar Pangelinan and Jun Estolas going nuts from the 3-point line, Old Iskool throttled Gilas Batang right from the get-go. The two connected on five shots from the land of plenty as their team opened up a commanding 31-11 lead after the first quarter.
Old Iskool continued to wax hot from the outside in the second quarter, but this time it was another set of shooters that were on fire. Bernard Montano and James Abuy took over sniping duties from Pangelinan and Estolas, scoring 8 and 7 points, respectively, in the second as Old School grew their lead to 58-37 at the halftime break.
Gilas Batang tried its best to make a game of it in the third led by Vic Tibayan and John Jugos. With the two combining for 12 points in the period, Gilas Batang managed to shave 4 points from Old Iskool’s impressive lead and were down by only 17 points, 60-77, heading into the fourth and final quarter.
In the payoff period, Old Iskool got down to business to extinguish any semblance of resistance from Gilas Batang. With as much as eight players, led by the 7 points of Pangelinan and 6 points of Montano, getting on the scoreboard, Old Iskool sealed the deal with the 29-point win.
Pangelinan fired a game-high 34 points to pace Old Iskool. It was 10 points more than the No. 24 of NBA great Kobe Bryant and 47 shy of the 81 Bryant scored in a game against Toronto Raptors in Jan. 22, 2006. Before the game, Pangelinan vowed to honor the memory of Bryant, who died with daughter Gianna and seven others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California last Jan. 26.
Montano backed up best player of the game Pangelinan with 20 of his own, while Abuy and Estolas also finished in double digits with 15 points apiece. It was the sixth win in seven assignments for Old Iskool, while Jugos and Tibayan led the losing cause of the now 2-5 Gilas Batang with 22 and 18 markers, respectively.
In the second game, Preston Basa scored 20 points spiked by six triples to lead Blue Eagle A+ Consultant to an 83-74 victory over The Game Eats Easy in the open division. Basa earned best player of the game for his outside shooting display.
Blue Eagle saw itself trailing by 8 points after the first quarter before tying things up at 37-all at the half. It then steadily created distance between them and The Game before riding the hot hands of Basa and inside play of center Jack Lizama down the stretch. Jaymark De Guzman, Douglas Schmidt, and Lizama also finished in twin digits for the 6-0 Blue Eagles.
In the late game in the masters division, Saimar Pilot raised its record 5-2 after beating JSN, 81-72. Andrew Ashburn was named best player of the game with his 18 markers, while JSN, which dropped to 5-2 in a tie with its conqueror, was led by Jun Tabora’s 18 markers.
Old Iskool 110 – Pangelinan 34, Montano 20, Abuy 15, Estolas 15, Pablo 9, De Guzman 4, Bartolo 4, Manabat 4, Antonio 4.
Gilas Batang 81 – Jugos 22, Tibayan 18, Dacumos 10, Lunangco 10, Basa 6, Lagado 4, Tibayan 3, David 2, De Jesus 2.
Scoring by quarters: 31-11, 58-37, 77-60, 110-81.
Blue Eagle A+ Consultant 83 – Basa 20, De Guzman 20, Schmidt 13, Lizama 13, Libuw 8, Manolo 5, Baleo 3, Demapan 2, Santos 2.
The Game Eats Easy 74 – Fidelino 12, Arellano 12, Sablan 11, Dayao 9, Factor 7, Erdene 6, Cabaltica 5, Pangelinan 2, Torregoza 2.
Scoring by quarters: 9-17, 37-37, 59-52, 83-74.
Saimar Pilot 81 – Ashburn 18, Villarin 16, Santos 14, Sungca 13, Jinang 9, Dela Cruz 4, Tolentino 3, Guinto 2, Elano 2..
JSN 72 – J. Tabora 18, Ocampo 12, Alegre 10, Mungcal 8, Santos 6, Gatdula 4, Wesley 3, Tobias 2, D. Tabora 2, Rosario 2.
Scoring by quarters: 12-14, 30-30, 53-47, 81-72.