Basecom withstood the fourth quarter rally of Organic Solutions to escape with a 110-108 victory, while Jast Enterprises routed Huminova Tigers, 103-73, at the close of the Class A elimination round in the Fil-Sino All Asian Countertrade 3rd Conference Intercolor Basketball Tournament at the Bacolod Tay Tung High School Po Hang Gym.
The loss of Organic Solutions allowed Jast Enterprises to tie them atop the standings at 4-2. Basecom improved to 3-3 and the Tigers dropped to 1-5.
Organic will meet Basecom again on Wednesday in the semifinals and Jast will face the Tigers in the other match-up. Both Organic and Jast will have a twice-to-beat advantage.
The rally of Organic Solutions just fell short as they rode the shoulders of Arnol Laureño, who scored 14 points in the fourth quarter, and John Montemayor and Johnnyson Yu who dropped triples late in the game.
But Basecom countered with Rey Pandoro, Pao Pao Lim and Robbie Jalando-on who combined for 20 points in the quarter, with Jalando-on making the last four points from the free-throw line to ice the game.
Basecom surprisingly outscored Organic in the firth three quarters 31-25, 60-53, and 84-75.
Lim paced Basecom with 25 points backstopped by Jalando-on with 24, Pandoro added 18 points, Joshua Co and Kenderson Hao had 12 points apiece, Devin Villacruz chipped in 8 points, and John Dustin Chua with 6 points.
Bol Manaloto finished with 29 points for Organic, Mark Lo added 14, MOntemayor scored 13, Joseph Tiu and Jan Jan Lopue hit 8 points apiece, Michael Ang and Yu made 7 points each.
In the second game, Jast Enterprises played with a sense of urgency with the No. 1 ranking on the line and dominated the Tigers in every quarter.
Dr. Chico Coruña sunk eight triple to spearhead the Jast offensive with 24 points, Dr. Emil Guanzon picked up 21 points, Joel Masadia scored 19, Yan Yan Dy made 15 points, 13 of them in the opening quarter, Johann Villanueva had 9 points and Brian Tan scored 8 points.
Mark Binguan had a game-high 30 points in a losing effort, Eugene Tsai shot 14, Biboy Yap with 10 points, and Romar Desusa had 8 points.
The semifinals for Class B will be played tonight with No. 1 AACI Trading going up against No. 4 AACI Transport at 7 p.m. followed by the encounter between No. 3 JSY Transport and No. 2 JSY Countertrade.*with a report from Stephen Tan
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