Nena’s Rose II Shopping survived Alfie’s Construction, 68-65, and Nena’s Rose Shopping I improved their quarterfinals chances by eliminating NRICH Multipurpose Cooperative from contention, 99-88, last Wednesday in Class B of the 12th Tan Kek Pin Memorial Basketball Cup at Tay Tung High School Po Hang Gym.
Sister teams Nena’s Rose I and II Shopping will be on collision course on the last day of elimination with the winner advancing to the quarterfinals.
With Kenderson Hao and Daniel Lo spearheading their offense, Nena’s Rose Shopping overcame a 35-32 deficit at the half and outscored Alfie’s 21 to 9 in the third quarter to post a 53-44 lead.
Peter Galon delivered 12 points and Chibon Uy added 5 points to spark Alfie’s comeback, but the effort fell short as Jimmy Yap hit a triple with two minutes left to give Nena’s some breathing room for a 67-60 advantage and to escape with a victory.
With the win, Nena's now has three wins in seven outings.
Hao finished with 18 points, Joseph Tiu added 14, and Lo shot 9 points.
Galon paced Alfie’s with 17 points, Bong Palo scored 9, Uy with 7, and Christopher Mahinay had 6 points.
In the second game, Yan Yan Dy struck hardest for Nena’s Rose I with 30 points and teammate Pao tallied 21 points.
It was a battle in the lowpost in the first half as Nena’s Rose I prevailed 42-40 behind Dy's 13 points and Lim's 9 markers, while Nrich got contributions from Richard Tan and Ralph Ong with 8 points each.
A strong third quarter offensive for Nena’s Rose I led by the trio of Dy, Luigi coo and Danny Boy Uy combining for 25 points, extended the lead to 75-61 going to the last quarter.
Julius Teruel's 17 points and Ong's six points injected life to an Nrich comeback, but a swift counter of two triples from Dr. Chico Coruña and Dy and Lim's combined efforts were enough to supress any Nrich uprising.
Backstopping Dy were Coo with 13 points, Uy 12, Joel Masadia and Dr.Coruña 8 points apiece.
Ong finished with 26 points, Teruel 22, Siopao Dichavez 19, and Tan with 14 points.
Games today will start at 7 p.m., with the winner-take-all match in Class A between defending champion Talisay City and JSY Transport.
Mythical Five selection and the tournament Most Valuable Player will be awarded at halftime.*NAB
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