The Huminova Tigers overcame a first half deficit to drub AACI Farms, 107-81, and Royal Star Trading hold off AACI Transport, 89-81, in Class A of the 2012 Fil-Sino All Asian Countertrade 1st Conference Inter-Color Basketball Tournament at Tay Tung High School Po Hang Gym.
The Tigers are playing AACI Trading as of press time to determine the No. 1 team.
Clarence Quingco and Nico Lopingco fired 11 points apiece in the first half to give AACI Farms a 49-46 advantage at the break even as Badong Eufre led a balanced offensive for the Tigers with seven points, while three other teammates posted six points each.
AACI Farms offense sputtered in the second half as Monroe Chua scored nine points to give the Tigers a 75-66 lead. Ren Ren Lacson’s shot three triples Ritchie Militante added five inside points but they were not enough to counter the Tigers offensive.
Lacson continued to deliver for Farms as he scored nine of his team’s 13 quarter points, but RB Chua made sure that the Tigers secure the victory as he made 12 points in the quarter .
Chua paced the Tigers with 19 points, backstooped by Badong Eufre with 16, Monroe Chua with 15 points, Ralph Richard Tan with four triples for 12 points, Yu and Danny Boy Uy with 9 points each, Frankyn Madrid and Pao Pao Lim with 8 points apiece..
Lacson unloaded 23 points for Farms, Quingco and Lopingco shot 11 points each and Militante had 10 points.
In the other game, Michael Ang drilled five treys to register 19 first quarter points to give Royal Star a 31-24 lead even as Yan Yan Dy notched 10 points for Transport.
Kenderson Hao scored 10 points and Vincent Tan added 6 points as Royal extended the lead at the half, 48-31. Chief Supt. Adonis Rosales made 10 points for Transport.
Transport outscored Royal in the next two quarters led by Dy and Ricky Chua but their efforts were not enough to overhaul the lead and fell at the bottom of the standings.
Transport is playing AACI Farms as of presstime, but it will be an uphill battle for Transport as they need to beat Farms by 21 points to catch the last semis slot.
Ang finished with 25 points, Hao and Rey Pandoro scored 10 points apiece, Tan and Peter Paul Ortaliz had 8 points each, and Roger Montalbo scored 7 points.
Dy scored 24 points in a losing effort while Chua delivered 20, Rosales scored 10, Masadia had 8, and Bol Manaloto with 7 points.*NAB
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