SAN JUAN City – After breaking into the win column in their last game, Supremo Lex Builders-OLFU is now on their first ever win streak after disposing of Kama Motors, 96-85, in continuing action from the Pilipinas Commercial Basketball League (PCBL) Founders Cup at the San Juan Arena Friday night (November 6). In the first game, Euro-Med Laboratories ended their three-game losing skid by drubbing Foton Toplander, 80-74.
Mar Villahermosa was all over the court for Euro-Med as he continuously hit big shot after big shot, including a triple that gave his side the lead for good with 4:21 to go, 64-62. Foton was actually in the middle of a four-minute dry spell wherein they could not buy a field goal, allowing Euro-Med to surge further ahead entering the final two minutes with Villahermosa knocking in four free throws, 71-64.
Refusing to give up, Foton tried their best to rally but their runs were quickly snuffed by more free throws from Villahermosa and Paul Zamar down the stretch. Euro-Med thus levelled their win-loss card at 3-3 while Foton fell to the bottom of the table at 1-5.
Villahermosa made 11 of his game-high 22 points in the pivotal fourth period to show the way for Euro-Med of Coach Yong Garcia. Pari Llagas provided support underneath with 14 points and five rebounds.
Allan Mangahas and Marvin Moraga led Foton with 13 points each. Euro-Med’s defense limited league scoring leader Levi Hernandez to only 12 points, the first time he went below the 20-point level.
Out to prove that their 80-79 breakthrough victory against Euro-Med was no fluke, the Builders went on an early rampage and grabbed the first period, 27-14. Starters Joseph Gabayni, Christopher Bitoon and Joseph Marquez formed a potent inside-outside combination as they battered Kama from all angles with 17 points between them.
Kama slowly recovered but the early deficit proved too big. The best that they could do was close in by seven markers late in the fourth period on a basket by new recruit Michael Calisaan, 83-90.
Bernabe Teodoro then sealed the deal with a booming triple, 93-83, and 1:34 remaining. Supremo Lex and Kama are both tied for sixth and seventh place with 2-4 records.
“Everybody is contributing and everyone knows their role,” said Coach Ralph Rivera. “We formed the team just as the tournament was about to start a month ago so we are just trying to improve every game and treat each game as a learning experience.”
Gabayni churned out monster numbers of 21 points and 13 rebounds. Teodoro compiled four triples en route to 16 points and four rebounds off the bench.
Rudy Lingganay paced Kama with 19 points and seven rebounds. Calisaan and Jonathan Grey marked their PCBL debuts with 17 and 15 markers respectively.
The PCBL Founders Cup returns to the Jesus Christ Saves Global Outreach Gym in Cubao, Quezon City for the next set of games on November 10 (Tuesday). The Builders will try to sustain their winning ways against dangerous Cagayan Rising Suns at 4:00 PM followed by the battle of sister squads Kama and Caida Tiles at 6:00 PM.
How They Scored:
EURO-MED (80) – Villahermosa 22, Llagas 14, Cortes 10, Zamar 9, de Leon 7, Jeruta 6, Cruz 6, Galanza 2, Abundo 2, Santos 2, Alberto 0, Custodio 0.
FOTON (74) – Mangahas 13, Moraga 13, Hernandez 12, Habelito 10, Gomez 9, Reyes 7, Rosaroso 5, Rivera 4, Enriquez 1, Nacpil 0, Mallari 0.
Period Scores: 19-16, 39-34, 56-58, 80-74.
SUPREMO LEX-OLFU (96) – Gabayni 21, Teodoro 16, Marquez 15, Bitoon 14, Escueta 12, Importante 6, Belencion 6, Juanico 5, Yaya 1, Rosales 0, Jornacion 0.
KAMA MOTORS (85) – Lingganay 19, Grey 17, Calisaan 15, Ortuoste 13, Pontejos 9, Saitanan 6, Montuano 5, Ludovice 1, Lunor 0, Cabrera 0, Ambulodto 0.
Period Scores: 27-14, 51-32, 71-61, 96-85.