East Shocks Ateneo In OT, 93-91

10th FilOil Flying V Premier Cup     SAN JUAN CITY – University of the East leaned on the clutch plays of Edson Batiller and Renz Palma in overtime to put away Ateneo de Manila University, 93-91, on opening day Saturday (April 30) of the 2016 FilOil Flying V Premier Cup at the San Juan Arena.  It was a double whammy for Ateneo as the San Beda Red Cubs hacked the Blue Eaglets in the opening of Junior Division hostilities, 86-81.

Batiller hit a triple with five seconds left to send the game into extra time, 79-79.  That was the Red Warriors’ cue as Batiller continued to wax hot with a pair of field goals and Palma shot steadily from the free throw stripe to preserve the win.

Palma had an impressive all-around game with 22 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals in 26 minutes of action.  Alvin Pasaol backed him up with 15 points and six rebounds while Batiller came off the bench to add 14 markers.

It was not the best of debuts for national coach Tab Baldwin in the local collegiate circuit.  Through the first three periods, it seemed the Blue Eagles were coasting to the win until UE’s incredible rally in the fourth canto.

Chibueze Ikeh topped the Blue Eagles with 20 points and 16 rebounds.  Rookie Tyler Tio also impressed with three triples en route to 19 points.

Coach Frederick Pumaren was not satisfied with how his Warriors played particularly in the first three periods but still praised them for not quitting and waking up when the game was on the line.  He also credited a new strength and conditioning regimen that has done wonders for the team in the offseason.

San Beda, the reigning seven-time NCAA Juniors champions, had a relatively easy time against the Blue Eaglets, leading comfortably entering the final period, 71-52.  Despite attempts to mount a comeback, Ateneo’s efforts fell short as time was not on their side.

Robi Nayve paced the winning Red Cubs of Coach JB Sison with 17 points and 10 rebounds.  Prince Etrata was next with 13 points.

Dave Ildefonso, son of basketball legend Danny, led the Blue Eaglets with 14 points, seven rebounds and two blocks.  SJ Belangel was next with 13 points, six rebounds and three assists.

All eyes though were on Kai Sotto, the latest Blue Eaglet recruit.  The 6’9” 13-year old prodigy from Las Pinas City was finally fielded in by Coach Joe Silva in the third period, playing for six minutes and making both his attempts for four points on top of an assist.

How They Scored:

Juniors Division

SAN BEDA-RIZAL (86) – Nayve 17, Etrata 13, Sese 10, Abuhijleh 9, Mahinay 8, Velasquez 8, de la Rosa 7, Barbero 5, Lagumen 5, Nelle 3, Alfaro 1, Samaniego 0, Bonalos 0, Oliva 0.

ATENEO DE MANILA (81) – Ildefonso 14, Belangel 13, Credo 12, Angeles 9, Espino 6, Manuel 6, Salazar 4, Sotto 4, J. Laud 3, Deonio 2, Flores 2, Santos 2, R. Berjay 2, Escalona 2, Dadivas 0, J. Berjay 0, G. Laud 0.

Period Scores: 30-18, 43-34, 71-52, 86-81.

Seniors Division

EAST (93) – Palma 22, Pasaol 15, Batiller 14, de Leon 11, Derige 10, Charcos 8, Acuno 3, Larupay 2, Manalang 2, Abanto 2, Armenion 2, Gagate 1, Penuela 1, P. Varilla 0, Poblete 0, Bartolome 0.

ATENEO DE MANILA (91) – Ikeh 20, Tio 19, A. Wong 13, Apacible 7, Ma. Nieto 7, Porter 7, Black 7, V. Tolentino 5, Ravena 3, Mi. Nieto 2, D. Wong 1, Go 0.

Period Scores: 16-16, 27-34, 52-58, 79-79 (reg.), 93-91 (OT).

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DLSU Opens FilOil With A Bang

10th FilOil Flying V Premier Cup    SAN JUAN City – De La Salle University opened the Aldin Ayo Era on a high note by trouncing Adamson University, 98-88, in the inaugural game of the 2016 FilOil Flying V Premier Cup at the San Juan Arena Saturday (April 30). The new head coach immediately made his mark on a Green Archers squad in search of redemption.

Rushing to a 12-0 lead after the opening tip, the Green Archers looked to settle the outcome early but the Soaring Falcons proved to be a tough customer, settling down and grabbing the upper hand for the first time briefly in the second period, 34-33.  Halftime ended in DLSU’s favor, 48-45.

By the fourth period, former Green Archer Terrence Mustre scored to make it 73-77 and that was the cue for DLSU to go on a 10-0 run capped by a three-point player by rookie Aljun Melecio and a triple by Kib Montalbo to erect their biggest lead of the game with 4:20 to play, 87-73.

DLSU was hardly threatened despite back-to-back treys from James Pasturan and Mustre, 79-87. That was the best the Falcons could do as veterans Jeron Teng and Thomas Torres delivered the insurance baskets to preserve the win.

Teng led all scorers with 30 points on top of nine rebounds and three assists.  A surprise package was sophomore J-Boy Gob, a seldom-used center last season who churned out 20 points and seven rebounds in a starting role, easily out-shadowing Cameroonian teammate Ben Mbala who had 13 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.

“We have been working out individually with J-Boy and he has good hands and skill set,” said Coach Ayo. “He just needs to work on his decision making and he will be fine.”

The chaotic trapping defense Coach Ayo espoused at his old team Colegio de San Juan de Letran was evident throughout the contest.  Still, the youthful mentor from Sorsogon wants to see his players improve their physical conditioning in order for their bodies to fully adapt to the new system.

Sean Manganti topped the Soaring Falcons with 13 points. Mustre and Robbie Manalang followed with 11 markers apiece as DLSU spoiled the debut of Coach Franz Pumaren, their former coach and the man responsible for DLSU’s UAAP dominance a decade ago.

Next up for the Green Archers is the University of the East on May 6, another team handled by a former coach of theirs Frederick Pumaren.  Adamson will try to break into the win column against Ateneo de Manila University on the same day.

How They Scored:

DE LA SALLE (98) – Teng 30, Gob 20, Mbala 13, Montalbo 9, Caracut 7, Tratter 6, Torres 6, Go 4, Melecio 3, R. Rivero 0.

ADAMSON (88) – Manganti 13, Mustre 11, Manalang 11, Ochea 10, Ng 10, Pasturan 6, Escalambre 6, Sarr 6, Ahanmisi 5, Bernardo 4, Cadua 4, Espeleta 2, Garcia 0.

Period Scores: 28-17, 48-45, 69-63, 98-88.

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SCTEX Survives Euro-Med, 70-67

2016 PCBL Chairman's Cup     MARIKINA CITY – Biyaheng SCTEX drew big second half performances from Christopher Sumalinog and Pamboy Raymundo to eke out a 70-67 victory over Euro-Med Laboratories in the penultimate playing day of the 2016 Pilipinas Commercial Basketball League (PCBL) Chairman’s Cup Friday (April 29) at the Marikina Sports Center.  The win thus kept the Road Warriors’ hopes of landing an outright semifinal berth alive while relegating Euro-Med to the fourth seeding.

Raymundo tied the game for the last time via two free throws, 63-63, and then hit back-to-back field goals with Sumalinog for a 67-63 edge with 1:30 to go.  Raymundo padded the lead further with a free throw off a technical foul on Euro-Med Coach Yong Garcia for excessive complaining, 68-63.

Suddenly, Eliud Poligrates rallied Euro-Med by attacking the basket and drawing fouls, slowly chipping away at their deficit from free throw stripe, 66-68.  Sumalinog was then called for a five-second inbound violation, with Coach Adonis Tierra and team manager Ronald Dulatre getting assessed consecutive technicals for protesting what they perceived as a fast count.

Poligrates could only make one of his two charities to close in, 67-68, but Euro-Med had 25 seconds to work with.  The Road Warriors’ defense saved the day as they broke up the play and Sumalinog broke away from the loose ball scramble for the insurance layup at the seven-second mark, 70-67.

Out of timeouts, Euro-Med had no choice but to scramble to put the ball in play with Lester Alvarez and Gwyne Capacio missing from the three-point line as the horn sounded.  So intense was the game that security and league officials had to separate Ola Adeogun and Alfred Batino after the two went at each other as the teams retreated to their dugouts.

“We played bad today but I am still happy for the win,” said Coach Tierra.  “Our goal remains one of the two automatic semifinal spots so we will give it our best effort in our last game against Mighty Sports.”

SCTEX survived a tumultuous second period that saw Raul Soyud getting ejected together with Euro-Med’s Jeffrey Tajonera for fighting and Borgie Hermida leaving after twisting his right knee.  Thankfully, Sumalinog and Raymundo worked extra hard to fill the sudden void in the rotation.

Sumalinog powered the Road Warriors with 15 points and 10 rebounds while Raymundo chipped in 13 points and five rebounds.  Also contributing big were Steve Akomo and Batino with similar numbers of 12 points and eight rebounds each as they stretched their winning streak to four games for a 7-4 win-loss record in a tie with idle Jumbo Plastic.

Poligrates exploded for 11 of his 22 points in the fourth period but it was not enough as Euro-Med finished the elimination round with an even 6-6 card.  Adeogun followed 15 points and nine rebounds.

In the curtain-raiser, Foton Toplander gained momentum entering the playoffs by exacting revenge on Supremo Lex Builders-OLFU, 72-63.  Foton ended its elimination schedule at 5-7, good for the sixth seed and a half-game behind Santa Lucia Realty (5-6).

Foton was the only team to suffer a defeat at the hands of the Builders, 88-92, in both clubs’ debut last March 9.  Since then, the Builders lost all their remaining games for a PCBL record 11-game losing skid and elimination from the playoffs.

Levi Hernandez accounted for nine of his 22 points in the fourth period to key the win.  The Builders threatened slightly at the start of the fourth, 55-56, but this was quickly neutralized by 7-2 run anchored on three Hernandez baskets to give Foton a solid 63-57 cushion with still five minutes to play.

Cedric Ablaza and Ibrahim Ouattara also stamped Foton’s domination in the paint against the smaller Buillders.  Ablaza had 16 points and 11 rebounds while Ouattara added eight points and 15 rebounds.

“I keep on telling the players to remain positive and we can beat the top teams despite our low playoff seeding,” said Coach Jonathan Reyes.  “If you look at our games, a lot were close and decided only by the breaks.”

John Rovin Datu and Andrei Albano paced Supremo Lex with 13 points each.  Jan Jamon added 10 markers.

The final playoff seedings will be decided on the last day of elimination play this Wednesday (May 4) in Marikina City.  Jumbo Plastic (7-4) goes up against Santa Lucia (5-6) at 5:00 PM followed by SCTEX (7-4) testing early semifinalist Mighty Sports (9-2) at 7:00 PM.

How They Scored:

First Game

FOTON TOPLANDER (72) – Hernandez 22, Ablaza 15, Reyes 8, Ouattara 8, Rivera 8, Gomez 6, Enriquez 2, Mallari 2, Moraga 0, Penaflor 0, Nacpil 0.

SUPREMO LEX-OLFU (63) – Albano 13, Datu 13, Jamon 10, Acidre 9, Brana 7, Cabrera 5, Montuano 4, Gozum 2, Bargola 0, Villamin 0.

Period Scores: 21-12, 41-32, 56-53, 72-63.

Second Game

BIYAHENG SCTEX (70) – Sumalinog 15, Raymundo 13, Batino 12, Akomo 12, Villarias 9, del Rosario 4, Reyes 3, Soyud 2, Susaya 0, Vitug 0, Hermida 0, Pangilinan 0.

EURO-MED (67) – Poligrates 22, Adeogun 15, Llagas 10, Custodio 6, Salamat 5, Alvarez 5, Almario 2, Capacio 2, Salcedo 0, Galanza 0, Tajonera 0, Parala 0.

Period Scores: 20-23, 38-39, 51-52, 70-67.

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Euro-Med Shocks Mighty, 87-73

2016 PCBL Chairman's Cup     MARIKINA CITY – Euro-Med Laboratories scored a major victory in its 2016 Pilipinas Commercial Basketball League (PCBL) Chairman’s Cup campaign by downing no less than tournament leader Mighty Sports, 87-73, in continuing action Wednesday (April 27) at the Marikina Sports Center. Rising to 6-5, the victory kept alive Euro-Med’s chances of clinching an outright berth in next month’s semifinals.

After barely surviving a very physical and emotional first half, 47-45, Euro-Med opened the third period with back-to-back triples from Lester Alvarez, Jeff Tajonera knocking a triple of his own and Ola Adeogun asserting his height and heft advantage down low, completing a three-point play for their biggest lead of the contest, 63-47.  Mighty tried to come back with Kevin Ferrer hitting back-to-back triples entering the final two minutes to threaten, 73-83, but this was immediately negated by an Adeogun dunk that sealed the deal for Euro-Med.

Playing without team leader Kiefer Ravena who watched from the bench in street clothes, Mighty actually led by as much as 11 markers in the second period, 38-27, but Euro-Med made their move with Eliud Poligrates hitting 11 of his team-high 23 points to turn the tide in their favor. Adeogun finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds as Euro-Med avenged their 63-81 defeat to Mighty last March 13 in Malolos City.

“My pre-game challenge to them was that if they want to play in the pro league, they have to beat Mighty because these are the same players that will challenge them for roster spots,” said Coach Yong Garcia.  “At halftime, I settled down the team and told them to focus on our game plan and stop complaining to the referees and it was then that I saw in their faces that they really wanted to win.”

Adeogun proved to be the a big presence on both offense and defense as he limited PCBL scoring leader Bright Akhuetie to only 10 points and 10 rebounds.  Arvie Bringas came off the bench to pace Mighty with 13 points and seven rebounds while Ferrer had eight of his 12 points in the final period as they absorbed their second loss in 11 games but are already assured of the first outright semifinal slot.

In the first game, Jumbo Plastic Linoleum Giants put one hand on the other remaining semis spot with a 75-46 razing of Supremo Lex Builders-OLFU.  The Giants improved to 7-4 while the Builders extended their record losing streak after winning their opening assignment.

“We want to avoid complications so we went all out for the win today,” said Coach Stevenson Tiu. “The important thing is that we hold our destiny in our own hands and we do not need to rely on the fortune or misfortune of others.”

The Giants face Santa Lucia Realty (5-6) on the final day of the elimination round next Wednesday (May 4) and a win will guarantee them the second seeding.  Breathing down the Giants’ necks are Biyaheng SCTEX (6-4) and Euro-Med (6-5) with the possibility of a tie or even a three-way tie looming.

Jumbo Plastic met a flat-starting Supremo Lex unit beset with player absences and injuries and ran away with the first period, 19-10.  So unrelenting were the Giants that they held the Builders scoreless for the first seven minutes of the fourth period resulting in their biggest lead, 73-37.

Tristan Perez and Moustapha Arafat showed the way for the Giants with 11 points each as Coach Tiu gave more playing time to his role players in preparation for the playoffs.  Jay-R Taganas had nine points and grabbed 12 rebounds in 22 minutes of action.

No Builder scored in double figures.  The trio of Mark Brana, Miguel Brian Cabrera and Mark Montuano topped Supremo Lex with nine points each.

The penultimate day of the elimination round will be this Friday (April 29) at Marikina City.  Supremo Lex hopes to end its losing streak against the team they last defeated, Foton Toplander, at 5:00 PM followed by the crucial meeting between Euro-Med and Biyaheng SCTEX at 7:00 PM.

How They Scored:

First Game

JUMBO PLASTIC (75) – Perez 11, Arafat 11, Eguilos 9, Martinez 9, Taganas 9, Viernes 7, Bitoon 6, Ibay 5, Arellano 4, Siruma 4, Lopez 0, Santos 0.

SUPREMO LEX-OLFU (46) – Cabrera 9, Brana 9, Montuano 9, Albano 4, Jamon 4, Gozum 4, Datu 3, Bargola 2, Villamin 2, Olondriz 0, Acidre 0.

Period Scores: 19-10, 40-25, 59-37, 75-46.

Second Game

EURO-MED (87) – Poligrates 23, Adeogun 21, Tajonera 10, Alvarez 7, Salcedo 6, Capacio 6, Saitanan 5, Custodio 3, Salamat 3, Llagas 2, Almario 1, Galanza 0.

MIGHTY SPORTS (73) – A. Bringas 13, Ferrer 12, Banal 11, Akhuetie 10, Lopez 8, M. Bringas 8, Montilla 5, Tang 4, Celada 2, Mangahas 0, Regalado 0, Melocoton 0, Wongchuking 0.

Period Scores: 22-23, 47-45, 67-57, 87-73.

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FilOil Cagefest Opens April 30

10th FilOil Flying V Premier Cup     COLLEGE BASKETBALL fans can wait no longer as the 10th FilOil Flying V Premier Cup unfolds on April 30 (Saturday) at the San Juan Arena. All eyes will be on the 16 participating teams from the NCAA and UAAP as they prepare for their respective league’s coming seasons later this year.

Defending champion San Beda College headlines Group B along with last year’s runner-up De La Salle University and reigning NCAA champion Colegio de San Juan de Letran.  Completing the group are Adamson University, Ateneo de Manila University and University of the East of the UAAP and Mapua Institute of Technology and Lyceum of the Philippines University of the NCAA.

Group A will consist of NCAA sides Arellano University, Emilio Aguinaldo College, University of Perpetual Help System-Dalta, College of Saint Benilde and San Sebastian College and UAAP champion Far Eastern University, National University and University of the Philippines-Diliman.  Begging off for various reasons this year are University of Santo Tomas and Jose Rizal University.

Tournament format calls for the teams to play a single round robin amongst their group mates for seven games each.  The top four teams from both groups will advance to the knockout playoffs that will culminate with the championship game on June 12 (Sunday).

Opening day fixtures pit DLSU against Adamson at 10:00 AM followed by Ateneo versus UE at 2:00 PM.  While the players have always been the focus of the tournament, the coaches this year will also get a lot of attention after a lot of offseason changes.

DLSU will be parading new coach Aldin Ayo, who was responsible for Letran’s successful 2015 NCAA title run, against Adamson’s Franz Pumaren, the same man who steered the Green Archers to countless titles a decade ago.  Letran has tapped champion high school coach Jeff Napa of Nazareth School-NU to replace Coach Ayo.

National coach Tab Baldwin will sit on the Ateneo bench as a “consultant” with long-time assistant Sandy Arespacochaga expected to be named as head coach.  Last season’s Ateneo Coach Bo Perasol, will reunite with his alma mater UP-Diliman.

Another former varsity star returning to coach his school is Edgar Macaraya at San Sebastian, who carries with him an impressive resume as a five-time NAASCU champion coach with San Sebastian-Cavite and Centro Escolar University.  Rounding out the newcomer coaches are Aris Sison, who has been promoted as EAC Seniors coach after a stint with their Juniors squad, and Antonio Tamayo who will coach the very same school he owns, Perpetual Help.

Meanwhile, 10 high schools will dispute the Juniors Division title led by defending champion De La Salle-Zobel.  The Junior Archers are bracketed in Group B with archrival Ateneo de Manila, NCAA champion San Beda-Rizal, Lyceum-Cavite and Adamson while Group A is headed by last year’s runner-up Malayan High School of Science, UAAP champion Nazareth School-NU, Far Eastern University, Immaculate Conception Academy-EAC and La Salle Green Hills.

The Juniors will also play a single round among their group mates with the top two of both groups advancing to the knockout crossover semifinals.  The Juniors championship game will also be on June 12.

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D-League’s Malaysian Invasion

2016 Foundation Cup     THE PBA D-League will have an international flavor once the 2016 Foundation Cup opens shop this May.  Newly-crowned ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) champions Westports Malaysia Dragons has been admitted as a guest entry and will carry the colors of Blustar Detergent.

Local fans will now have more chances to take a look at PBA prospects swingman Matthew Wright and guard Jason Brickman, the Dragons’ pair of foreign-bred Filipino imports who played key roles in their championship run earlier this month.  Wright got the nod as ASEAN Heritage MVP and led the ABL in scoring with 23.1 a game while Brickman was named as Finals MVP as the Dragons defeated the Singapore Slingers in the best-of-five series, 3-2.

However, the Dragons were not allowed to bring in their two tall American reinforcements Calvin Godfrey and Reginald Johnson.  Therefore, Coach Ariel Vanguardia will have to do with the two Filipinos and his Malaysian core.

Aside from Brickman and Wright, the Dragons will composed of forwards Choo Wei Hong, Izran Edika Bin Karamuddin, Ivan Yeo and Kuek Tian Yuan, guards Wong Yim Hou, Loh Shee Fai, Tung Chee Keong,  Ma Chee Kheun and Wong Wee Seng and centers Kwaan Yoong Jin and Joe Foong.  Assisting Coach Vanguardia is fellow Filipino Tino Pinat.

Blustar of businessman Dioceldo Sy carries with it a rich tradition dating back to the days of the old Philippine Basketball League (PBL) where the brand fielded an entry a decade ago.  In 2011, Sy formed D-League pioneer team Blackwater Elite that competed for seven straight conferences highlighted by its winning the 2013 Foundation Cup and eventually graduating to the PBA for the 2014-2015 season.

The CafeFrance Bakers are the Foundation Cup’s defending champions.  Bannered by the core of many-time NAASCU champion Centro Escolar University, the wards of Coach Edgar Macaraya defeated the Hapee Fresh Fighters in a thrilling best-of-three series last June, 2-1.

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Mighty Sports Is Top Seed

2016 PCBL Chairman's Cup     MALOLOS CITY – Mighty Sports officially clinched the top playoff seeding of the 2016 Pilipinas Commercial Basketball League (PCBL) Chairman’s Cup after a sound beating of Santa Lucia Realty, 92-85, Sunday (April 24) at the Malolos Sports and Convention Center for their ninth win in 10 games.  With two games to play on their schedule, Mighty has an unassailable three-game lead over closest pursuers Biyaheng SCTEX, which routed Foton Toplander in the first game, 91-60, and idle Jumbo Plastic.

“Being the top seed is a bonus because our small goal at the start was just to make the semifinals,” said Coach Mike Fermin.  “We struggled at first when forming the team but the players really worked hard and they deserve this.”

Kiefer Ravena was all over the court as he and Bright Akhuetie took turns at keeping Mighty in control in the first half with Ravena scoring a triple at the halftime buzzer, 48-38.  The Realtors led by Jerald Bautista and Nichole Bangga fought gamely in the third canto, taking the lead on several occasions as Mighty hung tough with a slim 68-67 advantage.

Jett Vidal then tied the count for the last time, 79-79, but Mighty had a ready answer with John Lopez hitting a free throw followed by a backbreaking triple by Allan Mangahas at the four-minute mark, 83-79 Lopez and Mangahas would maintain their distance until Ravena delivered the knockout triple with still 1:22 to play, 92-83.

However, Coach Fermin confirmed that their superstar player has sought permission to attend training camps in the United States thus rendering him unavailable for their last two games against Euro-Med Laboratories and SCTEX and could stretch all the way to the semifinals.  “We support his dreams so as you can see today, I stretched the bench to prepare for Kiefer’s possible absence but he is still ironing out his final schedules,” added Coach Fermin.

Ravena, currently the tournament’s leading Filipino scorer, paced Mighty with 20 points, three assists and two steals. Akhuetie, the scoring leader among imports, had 17 points on top of 20 rebounds while Mangahas chipped in 13 while handing out 10 assists.

Jett Vidal continued his hot shooting from their previous game but his 20-point effort on five triples was not enough as the Realtors fell to 5-6, good for Sixth Place.  Bautista was next with 15 points and Jam Jamito had a double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds.

THE STANDINGS
Mighty Sports 9-1
Jumbo Plastic 6-4
Biyaheng SCTEX 6-4
Euro-Med Laboratories 5-5
Santa Lucia Realty 5-6
Foton Toplander 4-7
Supremo Lex-OLFU 1-9

Starters Mark Pangilinan and Byron Villarias typified SCTEX’s strong first period by combining for 19 points and building a 30-20 lead.  From there, the Road Warriors were never threatened and built their margin to as high as 36 markers in the fourth period, 89-53.

Villarias went on to finish with 18 points, all made in the first half, on top of seven rebounds and seven assists while Pangilinan supported him with four triples en route to 15 points.  The Road Warriors and Jumbo Plastic are tied for the second seeding which carries with it a free pass into the best-of-three semifinal round.

Jerrick Nacpil paced Foton with 18 points followed by Mikee Reyes who returned from an injured knee to add 11 markers. Foton fell to 4-7 with one more game against also-ran Supremo Lex-OLFU this coming Friday, the penultimate elimination round game (April 29).

Before the Friday games, the PCBL will have its regular Wednesday treat at the Marikina Sports Center.  Jumbo Plastic plays Supremo Lex-OLFU at 5:00PM followed by the titanic struggle between Mighty and Euro-Med.

How They Scored:

First Game

BIYAHENG SCTEX (91) – Villarias 18, Pangilinan 15, Soyud 12, Hermida 11, Akomo 10, Sumalinog 6, Susaya 5, del Rosario 4, Raymundo 3, Batino 3, Esmeria 2, Vitug 2, Reyes 0.

FOTON TOPLANDER (60) – Nacpil 18, Reyes 11, Gomez 7, Ablaza 6, Penaflor 5, Hernandez 4, Moraga 3, Enriquez 2, Ouattara 2, Rivera 2, Mallari 0.

Period Scores: 30-20, 52-37, 75-49, 91-60.

Second Game

MIGHTY SPORTS (92) – Ravena 20, Akhuetie 17, Mangahas 13, Lopez 12, A. Bringas 9, Melocoton 8, M. Bringas 8, Montilla 5, Regalado 0, Wongchuking 0, Banal 0.

SANTA LUCIA (85) – Vidal 20, Bautista 15, Jamito 12, Bangga 10, Camasura 6, Escosio 6, Salado 6, Javelona 3, Akpuru 3, Ilagan 2, Gabriel 2, Castanarez 0.

Period Scores: 21-21, 48-38, 68-67, 92-85.

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