In a battle of unbeaten teams, Joshbianc Motors slipped past Atlantic Auto Parts, 76-73, in their recent encounter to claim solo leadership in the eight-team cast of the 2012 Fil-Sino All Asian Countertrade Inc. 2nd Conference Inter-Color Basketball Tournament at Tay Tung High School Po hang Gym.
In the second game, Kirell Brahndon Montalbo exploded for a tournament high 49 points to give Johann Kendrick its first victory at the expense of Guanzon Dental Clinic, 123-94.
Atlantic took the first quarter and kept a slim 38-36 lead at the break behind a balanced offensive led by Johnnyson Yu and Marc Lo, while Joshbianc got their production from Arnol Laureño and and Toffel Tan.
Jeremy Coo delivered nine points as Joshbianc grabbed the lead at 57-52 in the third quarter.
As momentum shifted to Joshbianc, Joshua Co and Arnol Laureño combined for 17 points to keep Atlantic at bay as the team can only cut the lead to three points throughout the quarter.
Laureño paced Joshbianc with 19 points, Co added 18, Coo with 11 points, and Arvin Chua shot 10 points.
Luigi Coo and Lo dropped 11 points each, while Yu and Ren Ren Lacson had a similar output of 10 points.
In the other game, Montalbo had a stellar performance as he scored in double figure in three quarters.
Montalbo was backstopped by Ricky Chua and Biboy Yap with 14 points each, Peter Galon delivered 13 points, and Ritchie Militante with 12 points.
Playing with only five players, Guanzon Dental surprised JK in the second quarter as they outscored the latter and cut the lead at 55-47 from a 42-18 deficit.
But Montalbo made sure that JK will get its first victory as he single-handedly outscored Guanzon in the third quarter, 19-18, as the lead ballooned to 90-65.
Guanzon was led by Jose Miguel Montinola finishing with 28 points, Chibon Uy and Christopher Mahinay scored 21 points each, Dr. Emil Guanzon hit 14 points, and Peter Paul Ortaliz picked up 10 points.*with a report from Stephen Tan
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