QUEZON CITY – The Cagayan Rising Suns gave the Supremo Lex Builders-OLFU a reality check by burning them down, 74-60, at the resumption of hostilities from the Pilipinas Commercial Basketball League Tuesday (November 10) at the Jesus Christ Saves Global Outreach Gym. The Rising Suns thus snapped the Builders’ two-game winning streak while strengthening their own lock on solo third place with a 4-3 win-loss card.
Still carrying positive vibes from their two consecutive wins, the Builders jumped to a quick 6-0 and Joseph Gabayni proceeded to at times outscore the entire Suns quintet by himself. Cagayan then mounted a rally capped by Mark Brana scoring a field goal followed by two free throws to end the first period, 19-15.
Despite losing their early advantage, the Builders managed to stay in step until substitute Bong Managuelod powered a crippling 10-3 run to shatter the game’s final deadlock of 25-25 and give the Suns the upper hand for good by halftime, 35-28. The best that the Builders could do was close in by three at the start of the third behind the six-point cluster of Gabayni, 34-37.
Brana would go on to score 13 of his game-high 23 points in the second half to repel the Builders’ rally while stretching their lead. Brana also grabbed nine rebounds for Player of the Game honors while CJ Isit backed him up with 13 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.
Gabayni continued to post solid statistics with 16 points and 13 rebounds while Christopher Bitoon added 15 markers. The Rising Suns of Coach Ronnie “Toto” Dojillo thus asserted their mastery of the Builders who they defeated, 92-73, last October 23 at the San Juan Arena.
In the second game, Kama Motors of Coach Aris Dimanuhanan turned to the second half explosion of Rudy Lingganay and three-point marksmanship of Roider Cabrera to pull the rug from sister team Caida Tiles, 82-78. After winning their first five assignments, the Tilemasters are now on a two-game slide while Kama improved to 3-4.
Caida threatened to turn the game into a repeat of their 94-60 laugher last October 19 at the San Juan Arena. Erecting their biggest lead of 13 points, 32-19, the Tilemasters stumbled briefly and allowed Kama to tie the count by halftime, 40-40, after a barrage of four triples by Cabrera and one more courtesy of Jessie Saitanan.
Lingganay then made his move as he scattered 16 of his 20 total points in the second half on top of nine assists and lead Kama’s charge. Cabrera then continued to bomb away from the arc with two more triples in the third period for a total of 18 points.
Jiovani Jalalon finally displayed glimpses of what he is capable of doing on the court with 17 points. Janus Lozada was far behind with 11 points.
PCBL action continues to build momentum with a tasty doubleheader with playoff implications on November 12 (Thursday) at the same venue. Santa Lucia Realty faces Foton Toplander at 4:00 PM followed by the Euro-Med Laboratories and league leader Jumbo Plastic Linoleum Giants. at 6:00 PM.
How They Scored:
CAGAYAN VALLEY (74) – Brana 23, Isit 13, Siruma 10, Bangga 9, Managuelod 8, Arce 6, Salcedo 3, Flores 2, Doligon 0, Macasling 0, Caranguian 0, Acidre 0.
SUPREMO LEX-OLFU (60) – Gabayni 16, Bitoon 15, Marquez 7, Teodoro 6, Juanico 5, Belencion 4, Escueta 4, Santos 3, Bargola 0, Olondriz 0, Yaya 0, Importante 0, Jornacion 0.
Period Scores: 19-15, 35-28, 55-45, 74-60.
KAMA MOTORS (82) – Lingganay 20, Cabrera 18, Grey 11, Pontejos 8, Calisaan 8, Saitanan 5, Montuano 4, Ludovice 3, Argamino 3, Ortuoste 2, Lunor 0, Ambulodto 0.
CAIDA TILES (78) – Jalalon 17, Lozada 11, Corpuz 10, Maiquez 9, Gabawan 8, Ruaya 6, Hayes 6, Robles 6, Terso 4, Almario 1, Jamon 0, Rios 0, Jamito 0.
Period Scores: 19-26, 40-40, 62-58, 82-78.