Two member-teams of the Bacolod City-based Your Basketball Athletic Club will play a pair of goodwill games for 50 and up and 50 and below today against the visiting squads from Cadiz City at the West Negros University gym.
The friendly match-up is an intermission to the ongoing YBAC Basketball Tournament played on weekends among the member squads of the league.
Latest results from the tournament showed RD Trucking escaping with a 91-90 squeaker against Robinhood Commercial, while Jaltas/Consuelo Supermart outplayed defending champion Joshbianc Motors, 90-85.
Despite having only eight players reporting for the game, RD kept the game close and pulled off a come-from-behind victory against Robinhood as player-coach Rolly Buenaflor and Kokoy Pendon played pivotal roles in the team’s final run in the payoff quarter.
With six minutes left in the game, and with a 12-point lead, Robinhood yielded the momentum as the team missed most of their shots in the endgame.
RD cut the lead down to a point with 16 seconds left and the final play cleanly executed by Buenaflor and Pendon gave RD the victory.
Early in the first quarter, Gherson Sipe and Totong Diolaso scored eight points each to to lead Robinhood’s offense, while former Bacolod City Rep. Monico Puentevella nailed a pair of triples and P. Ramis added four points a 26-18 advantage.
RD remained within striking distance as Arnel Lapore and YBAC president Bong Ibe combined for 13 points, while Mario Reyes added five points.
Robinhood remained in control of the game in the second quarter for a 49-36 halftime lead.
Pendon led RD with a game-high 30 points as Reyes added 18, Buenaflor 13, Lapore 12, Ibe 10 and Randy Pupadera with 8 points.
Player-team manager Caloy Centeno and Nonoy Soquiña dished out six assists each to help out in RD’s offense.
Topping the scoresheet for Robinhood was Sipe, who collected 20 points, Tan added 17, Diolaso with 12, while Ramis, Puentevella, Cris Cordero and Yanson tallied 6 points each.
In the other game, Edgard Gallo and Peewee Demonteverde scored 18 and 17 points, respectively, to anchor Jaltas/Consuelo’s huge comeback game in the second half after trailing behind defending champion Joshbianc Motors at the half, 49-36.
Marlon Caballero came out as the only shining cager on the Motors’ side with 10 points in the third period as Stephen Garcia added 4 points and Abraham Magay and Jun Ballesteros with 2 points each.
Demonteverde led Jaltas with 19 points as Gallo hit 18, Castillo 11, Javelosa 10, Rodrigo 7, Villacanas 6, Galang 5 while Paul Fernandez, Cañete and Anico with 4 points each, and Sam Cordova with 2 points. Pete Apura and Owen Au delivered 5 assists each as Joey Padayhag grabbed 7 boards.
Garcia paced Joshbianc with 20 points as Caballero added 16, Magay and Aquino with 12 points apiece, Togle with 8, Fregil with 6, Amoy with 5 points, while Ballesteros, Dazo and Magno have 2 points each. Ballestros and Dazo dished out 6 and 5 assists, respectively, while Magno secured 4 rebounds.*NAB
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