MARIKINA CITY – Playing all-Filipino, Supremo Lex Builders-OLFU defied the odds to take down Foton Toplander, 92-88, in Day Two of the 2016 Pilipinas Commercial Basketball League (PCBL) Chairman’s Cup at the Marikina Sports Park. In the later game, Jumbo Plastic took its first win while keeping Euro-Med Laboratories winless, 83-65.
Joseph Marquez buried a huge triple that gave Supremo Lex the lead, 87-85, and 1:18 to play. New recruits Mark Brana and Jan Jamon also hit the crucial baskets as they hung on to the victory.
The Builders were supposed to parade Laminou Hamadou of Emilio Aguinaldo College but he was unable to see action due to the non-arrival of his uniform. That was the cue for Brana and another transferee Mark Montuano to combine for 21 points in the first half to give them a shaky 45-42 advantage as they battled Foton’s 6’8″ reinforcement Ibrahim Quattara from Diliman College.
Marquez topped the Builders with 23 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Brana followed with 22 points and 10 rebounds.
Mikee Reyes toyed with a triple-double, tallying 26 points, seven rebounds and eight assists. Levi Hernandez, the best scorer of last year’s Founders Cup, added 19 points and seven rebounds.
Supremo Lex also made history with Don Villamin becoming the PCBL’s first ever playing coach. Coach Villamin played for 20 minutes contributing four points, two rebounds and two assists.
It was a totally different story in the highly physical and emotional Jumbo Plastic-Euro-Med tiff. Stephen Siruma came off the bench to score eight points in the second period to push the Linoleum Giants ahead for good by the halftime break, 39-30.
Euro-Med’s chances suffered with Ola Adeogun seeing limited action due to early foul trouble. The Giants took full advantage with prolific guards Jeff Alvin Viernes and James Martinez scoring from all angles against the suddenly porous Euro-Med defense.
“For this game, we aimed to finish strong because in our last game against Mighty Sports, we collapsed in the end game,” said Coach Stevenson Tiu. In that game, Jumbo Plastic led for most of the way but lost after a fourth period collapse, 70-79.
Viernes paced all scorers with 20 points, nine made in the third canto. Martinez hit three triples to finish with 16 point and five assists.
No Euro-Med player scored in double figure. Alex Almario and Marte Gil were the high men with nine markers apiece as they absorbed their second straight defeat in as many games.
The PCBL will return to Marikina on Friday (March 11) for a doubleheader starting at 5:00 PM with Supremo Lex and Mighty Sports staking their undefeated records. The main game at 7:00 PM will have Santa Lucia taking on the challenge of Foton.
How They Scored:
SUPREMO LEX-OLFU (92) – Marquez 23, Brana 22, Jamon 14, Montuano 12, Importante 6, Acidre 5, Juanico 4, Villamin 4, Leynes 2, Bargola 0.
FOTON TOPLANDER (88) – Reyes 26, Hernandez 19, Ablaza 13, Quattara 9, Gomez 9, Rivera 8, Moraga 2, Mallari 2, Nacpil 0.
Period Scores: 20-25, 45-42, 68-69, 92-88.
JUMBO PLASTIC (83) – Viernes 20, Martinez 16, Siruma 13, Mandani 8, Eguilos 6, Santos 6, Taganas 5, Padilla 4, Oraeme 2, Arellano 2, Lopez 1, Ibay 0.
EURO-MED (65) – Gil 9, Almario 9, Adeogun 8, Raymundo 8, Custodio 6, Tajonera 6, Sollano 5, Quinto 5, Galanza 4, Saitanan 2, Vigil 2, Salcedo 1.
Period Scores: 17-17, 39-30, 62-49, 83-65.