Saipan Adventures and Tsingtao Boyz came out on top of their respective matches in the 2019 One Pacific Promotional Basketball League last Thursday at the Civic Center Court.
Saipan Adventure bested Light and Salt in the first match, 67-60, while Tsingtao Boys downed IT&E Light, 68-61
Behind at the break, 30-37, Saipan Adventure stole the lead from Light and Salt after scoring 18 points in the third period and holding the latter to 7 markers. Jun Alipio led the comeback after making 7 points in the penultimate quarter to give Saipan Adventure a 48-41 advantage. Roy Verdeflor added 5 markers in the turnaround.
Alipio and Verdeflor were still at it in the fourth period, combining for 13 points to keep Saipan Adventure in front and give their team a 6-3 record.
Verdeflor finished with 20 points, while Alipio added 17.
In the other game, Tsingtao regained its form after losing back-to-back games following a win over IT&E Light.
Tsingtao now has an 8-2 record to reclaim the No. 1 spot in the team standings of the 12-squad field.
Mark Demonteverde led Tsingtao with his 15 points, while Peter Ariar added 13 and Jet Jandoc contributed 12.
Jaymark De Guzman paced IT&E Light (4-5) with his 22 points.
Saipan Adventure 67—Verdeflor 20, Alipio 17, Morales 10, Cruz 8, Maesa 4, Salazar 3, Mungcal 2.
Light and Salt 60—Natividad 28, M. Usi 15. Bautista 8, R.Usi 5, Pineda 3, Claveria 1.
Scoring by quarters: 17-20, 30-37, 48-41, 67-60.
Tsingtao Boyz 68—Demonteverde 15, Ariar 13, Jandoc 12, Pangelinan 9, Rivera 8, Pineda 4, Giron 2, Alano 2, Tenepere 2.
IT&E Light 61—De Guzman 22, Pamintuan 12, Santos 8, Gotengco 6, Palacios 5, Nuguid 4, Divinagracia 2, Aglipay 2.
Scoring by quarters: 20-19, 42-34, 51-45, 68-61.