Top Development beats Joeten 2


Top Development, Inc.’s Sean Rabasto, right, drives against a Joeten 2 defender during the fourth quarter of their game in the JP World caging last Tuesday at the Gillette Multipurpose Gymnasium. (Kimberly A. Bautista)

Top Development Inc. defeated Joeten 2, 66-57, during the first game in the 2018 JP World Corp. Customer Appreciation Basketball League last Tuesday at the Gillette Multipurpose Gymnasium.

TDI outgunned Joeten 2 in the first three quarters to build a 58-33 advantage and withstand Joeten’s rally in the fourth. Top Development scored 20-plius points in the opening period for a 22-13 lead and had 18 apiece in the second and third, while Joeten 2’s offense continued to drop, as it made only 11 and 9 markers.

The 25-point margin going into the final canto was enough for TDI to overcome Joeten 2’s 24-point output in the fourth frame.

Sean Rabasto led TDI with his 22 points, while Jerome Reyes added 12. Darwin Barbo and Raymond Velasco had 9 apiece.

John Paul Cruz paced Joeten 2 with his 20 points, making 11 of them in the final quarter in an attempt to help his team catch up with TDI, but his efforts fell short.

Joeten 1 89, Coca-Cola 49
In the second game, Joeten 1 walloped Coca-Cola.

Joeten leaned on a 20-5 scoring spurt in the first quarter to set up the 40-point win.

Coca-Cola never got out from the deep hole, as it still failed to hit double figures in the second and third periods. Coca-Cola was held to 7 markers in the second and 9 in the third, allowing Joeten 1 to open a huge 69-21 advantage.

It was game over after that, as Joeten 1 let its guard down in the final quarter, giving Coca-Cola a chance to score garbage points.

Kevin Kabiriel, Ernest Duenas, and Patrick Rotap delivered for Joeten 1 after registering 21, 18, and 16 points, respectively.

First Game
TDI 66—Rabasto 22, Reyes 12, Barbo 9, Velasco 9, Barros 5, Arreza 5, Pollisco 2.
Joeten 2 57—Cruz 20, Agulto 12, Mafnas 8, Madrid 4, Montoya 4, William 2, Doria 2, Garcia 2.
Scoring by quarters: 22-13, 40-24, 58-33, 66-57

Second Game
Joeten 1 89—Kabiriel 21, Duenas 18, Rotap 16, Lauron 9, Maratita 8, Sabile 7, Lilles 3, Quichocho 2.
Coca-Cola 49—Capalad 20, Felix 10, San Nicolas 5, Estoque 4, Bisanen 4, Tammy 2.
Scoring by quarters: 20-5, 44-12, 69-21, 89-49.

Kimberly Bautista | Reporter
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