AACI Trading barged into the win column by defeating Basecom, 78-71, while JSY Transport held off Silver Dragon Transport, 73-69, in the Fil-Sino All Asian Countertrade Inc. Inter-Company Basketball Tournament at Bacolod Tay Tung High School Covered Court.
With only five players showing up for Basecom, AACI got a big break after Peter Ortaliz was sidelined in the third quarter due to a forehead cut leaving Basecom with only four players to finish the game.
But Basecom almost pulled it off as Robbie Jalandoon scored 15 of the team's 17-point output in the fourth quarter and was even ahead in the early part of the payoff period.
As fatigue finally caught up with Basecom, Derek Sibug dominated the shaded area for AACI Trading while teammate Bren Tajonera scored 11 points to give the team its first win in the tournament.
Sibug paced AACI Trading with 18 points as Tajonera added 17, Joshua Chua chipped in 11 points, Joel Masadia hit 10, and Jolly Castillo and Mark Velez finished with 6 points each.
Jalandoon scored 36 points for Basecom while Monroe Chua contributed 22 and Ortaliz had 9 points.
In the other game, it was a down to the wire finish for JSY Transport and Silver Dragon Transport as both teams tried to outplay each other.
But JSY proved to be steadier in the clutch as Luigi Lacson and Arnol Laureño combined to score the last 8 points for JSY.
Laureño scored 9 points to lead JSY to a 20-13 opening quarter lead even as Roderick De Los Santos had 6 points for Silver Dragon .
Carlo Chu fired 14 points to push Silver dragon on top at the break, 38-37.
Joshua Co scored 10 points for Silver Dragon, but a balanced offense for JSY Transport gave the team a 57-56 lead going to the fourth quarter.
It was nip and tuck battle as the game was tied at 69-all, but a buzzer beater bank shot by Lacson and a Laureño followup sealed the victory for JSY Transport.
Laureño led JSY Transport with 20 points, Lacson shot 18, Shinley Uy hit 17, and Chibon Uy contributed 10 points.
Chu paced Silver Dragon with 22 points, Joshua Co picked up 15, Ren Ren Lacson made 11, De Los Santos had 9, and Francis Glenn Tan with 6 points.*
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