Down by 10 points going into the fourth quarter, Sun Cellular did not only erase the deficit but tied the score at 95-all in regulation then got away with a 113-108 overtime win against Ink Crean in the PROBAC/LNA7 Basketball Tournament at the West Negros University gym, Wednesday night.
Sun Cellular’s Peewee Demonteverde set a record for himself and his team as he scored 19 points in the fourth quarter to anchor a 53-point explosion.
Patrick Echarri backed him up with 12 points as Sun Cellular traded baskets with Ink Cream for a high-scoring ballgame.
Ink Cream led by three points in the first quarter at 26-23 but Sun Cellular grabbed the lead in the second canto to take a three-point lead going into the second half.
A 27-11 run from Ink Cream in the third quarter put the team ahead at 70-60 as the game entered its final minutes, but Sun Cellular’s shooters, led by Demonteverde, found their mark to force an overtime.
Demonteverde powered Sun Cellular with 30 points, Echarri finished with 17, Dave Docto added 15 points, JR Fernandez delivered 12, Fr. Dexter Plagciosa scored 11 points, Christian Castro and Nato Canoy with 8 and 7 points, respectively.
Meanwhile, De la Torre spearheaded Ink Cream’s losing campaign with 23 points as Noy Diamante scored 14 points, Luigi Herrera chipped in 11, Johnson Ciocon with 10, Aljin Araneta and Heris contributed 8 points each, Kim Arnaiz and Legaria with 7 apiece and Jay Agulan with 6 points.
In the first game, Akasya Grill dumped Bad Boys, 107-73, to stay at No. 2 remain in the team standings with a 6-3 win-loss card.
It was a close contest in the first half as Akasya posted a 41-38 advantage at halftime.
Justin Tugado led Akasya’s first quarter offense with five points while teammates Matthew Yap and Mark Kong scored four points each. Joebert Lomutan led the Bad Boys in the opening minutes of the game with 10 points.
In the second quarter, Akasya nailed 24 points with Hans Schulze contributing 10 markers, while Badong Eufre carried the scoring cudgels for the Bad Boys with 11 points.
Things changed in the third quarter as Akasya exploded with a 32-9 run behind the combined efforts of Japhet Cua, Carlo Diaz, JR Pipino, and John Antiporda.
Akasya kept the momentum until the final buzzer to clinch in its sixth win in the tournament against three losses to stay at No. 2 in the team standing.
Schulze anchored Akasya with 16 point, Cua had 11, Pipino, Tugado and Diaz hit 10 apiece; Antiporda with 7 pointss, and Paolo Cuenca, Castellano, Velez and Kong with 6 points each.
Eufre topscored for Bad Boys with 15 points as Ritchie Militante added 13, Joebert Lomutan had 10 and JP Geroso with 7 points.*NAB
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