Saipan Adventure nipped Tsingtao Boyz, 73-71, during their match in the 2019 One Pacific Promotional Basketball League last Friday at the Civic Center Court.
Saipan Adventure got its fourth victory in seven games, while Tsingtao absorbed its first loss after going 7-0.
Randy Mungcal broke Tsingtao’s heart after his pair of free throws handed Saipan Adventure the 2-point win. Before Mungcal’s dagger, Saipan Adventure and Tsingtao battled for a loose ball and in the process Ed Pangelinan rammed into the former and sent him to the foul line. After Mungcal made his charities, Tsingtao did not have enough time to pull up for a shot, ending its seven-game winning streak.
Mungcal top-scored for Saipan Adventure with his 18 points, including 9 in the fourth quarter, which started with his team grabbing the lead, 52-51, after John Morales scored the team’s last 3 points in the penultimate frame.
Alvin Almario and Alex Ocampo backed up Mungcal in the fourth quarter after adding 5 points apiece. Almario finished with 16, while Ocampo had 7, making all of them in the second half.
The second half began with Tsingtaong clinging to a 32-31 lead, behind the 12 points of Jetzen Jandoc. However, Tsingtao lost the shaky lead when the game resumed with Mungcal stepping up and delivering the key free throws.
Mark Demonteverde had 19 markers on a losing effort for Tsingtao, while Gerald Rivera added 13, including 8 in the fourth period in his bid to keep the team’s winning run. Jandoc was held to 3 points in the second half to finish with 15.
Saipan Adventure 73—Mungcal 18, Almario 16, Flores 10, Verdiflor 8, Ocampo 7, Alipio 7, Morales 3, Singca 2.
Tsingtao Boyz 71—Demonteverde 19, Jandoc 15, Rivera 13, Ariar 8, Pineda 4, Pangelinan 4, Tenepere 3, Alano 2, Danipog 2.
Scoring by quarters: 17-18, 31-32, 52-52, 73-71.