AACI Farms prevailed in the overtime, 109-107, to deal AACI Trading its first loss in the 2012 Fil-Sino All Asian Countertrade Inc. 1st Conference Inter-Color Basketball Tournament at Bacolod Tay Tung High School Po Hang Gym.
In the other game, Huminova Tigers defeated Royal Star Trading, 80-77, to strengthen its bid for the title while having the same 4-1 win-loss record with AACI Trading.
In beating the Trading side, Farms’ Richard Co’s jumper found its mark with .9 second left to break the deadlock in the overtime period and complete the team’s victory against one of the tournament’s favorites.
Arvin Gustilo and Julius Teruel scored 14 and 11 points, respectively, to take a 32-27 Trading lead as Farms got its offense from Romar Desusa, Cesar Noble, and Clarence Quingco.
The Trading offense sputtered in the second quarter as they only made nine points against the 17-point output from Transport to yield the lead at halftime, 46-41
Bouncing back in the third canto, Trading exploded with seven triples to grab the lead back at 65-60 powered by the offense of Mark Binguan, Teruel and Charlton Ong, who combined for 22 points.
In the fourth quarter, Ritchie Militante was unstoppable in the shaded area as he scored 13 points, but he was countered by Robbie Jalando-on and Gustilo to take a 10-point Trading lead in the last two minutes.
But Trading could not stop Nico Lopingco, who sunk 10 straight points as Militante’s putback forced the overtime at 95-all.
In the extra period, Militante and Lopingco continued to carry the load for Transport, while trading countered with triples from Jalando-on and Gustilo. But it was Co who grabbed the limelight as he scored the last four points for Farms.
Militante finished with 26 points, Lopingco added 14, all scored in the fourth quarter and OT period, Desusa shot 13, Lim made 12 points, Co hit 10, Jan Jan Lopue, Noble and Quingco contributed 8 points each.
Gustilo paced Trading with 33 points, Binguan finished with 20 points, Teruel scored 19, and Jalandoon with 18 points.
In the second game, Bobby Yap scored 18 points the third quarter as the Tigers rallied past Royal Star after falling behind, 40-31 at halftime. The Tigers grabbed the lead at 64-60 lead going to the fourth quarter.
Peter Paul Ortaliz and Marc Lo led Royal Star’s comeback, but Yap struck with a triple with 18 seconds left and Eugene Tsai converted a free throw to settle the final winning margin.
Michael Ang attempted a triple to tie the game but his shot was blocked by RB Chua as time expired.
Yap finished with 25 points backstopped by a balanced offensive led by Danny Boy Uy with 12 points, Chua with 11, Omar Galunan, Badong Eufre, Victor Go Jr. and Eugene Tsai with 8 points each.
Michael Ang led Royal with 15 points, Ortaliz added 12, Vincent Tan shot 11, Lo delivered 10 points, Matthew Yap with 9, and Rey Pandoro had 7 points.*with a report from Stephen Tan
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