No. 1 AACI Trading and No. 2 JSY Countertrade sealed a titular showdown for the Class B title of the Fil-Sino All Asian Countertrade 3rd Conference Inter-Color Basketball Tournament played Tuesday night at the Bacolod Tay Tung High School Po Hang Gym.
AACI Trading routed AACI Transport, 76-50, before JSY Countertrade defeated JSY Transport 67-57 in the semifinals round.
Trading pulled away from a 22-18 opening quarter lead to a 43-23 advantage at the break led by Miles Lamela 9 points with support from teammates RJ Iligan, Edward Uy and Cesar Noble.
Elwin Javelosa Jr. scored 8 points in the third quarter to spark a comeback as AACI Transport drew closer at 53-40.
Bryan Victor Javelosa bullied his way in the shaded area for 8 points in the 4th quarter trying to continue the Transport comeback. But Trading countered with baskets from Mark Velez and Edward Uy to outscore Transport anew in the quarter and advance to the championship.
Mark Velez finished with 14 points, Edward Uy added 11, RJ Iligan 10 and Cesar Noble picked up 10 points each. Errol Su and Jolly Castillo shot 9 points apiece.
Christopher Mahinay scored 13 points for AACI Tranport, backstopped by Bryan Javelosa with 12, Daniel Lo 9, and Deonyson Dy 6 points.
In the second game, JSY Countertrade slowly built their lead in the second and third quarter behind their balanced fastbreak offensive, passing plays and offensive putbacks to post a double digit advantage going to the fourth quarter, 57-36.
Tubby Villanueva opened the fourth quarter with back-to-back treys for JSY Transport to cut the lead to 15 points. But Transport could not sustain its comeback as passing errors and missed outside shots hounded Transport in the quarter.
Jan Jan Young led Countertrade offensive with 14 points, Celhelm Uy scored 13, Glenn Yee shot 12, Simon Tan made 8 points, Johnson Gamboa had 7 points, Ardian Ong and Brian Ong with 6 points each.
Mike Miranda, Monroe Chua and Eduardo Ng scored 10 points each in a losing effort , Villanueva, Stephen Tan, Siopao Dichavez and Ervin Tan scored 6 points each.*NAB
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