AACI Trading turned back Royal Star Trading, 74-70, to grab its second win and improve their quarterfinals chances in the Fil-Sino All Asian Countertrade Inc. Inter-Company Basketball Tournament at Bacolod Tay Tung High School Po Hang Gym.
The setback dampened Royal Star's aspirations for the No. 2 spot as they absorbed their third defeat after eight games.
Silver Dragon Transport routed JSY Countertrade, 99-78, to finish the elimination round at 6-2 and land at second spot. Silver Dragon also enjoys a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals, while JSY Countertrade dropped to 4-3.
Joshua Co and Carlo Chu sizzled for 37 and 35 points respectively, to lead Silver Dragon in a blowout victory over Countertrade. Johnnyson Yu and Roderick De Los Santos combined for 17 points.
Ritchie Militante paced JSY Countertrade with 22 points as Adonis Rosales shot 21, Caesar Noble, Kerwyn Guillon and Brian Tan had 11 points apiece.
AACI Trading fell behind early 20-9 but bounced back in the second quarter to cut the deficit at the half, 39-32.
With the momentum on their side Derek Sibug and Beejay Paredes combined for 15 points as Trading continued to climb back as Royal Star held a slim 54-53 lead going to the fourth quarter.
Wee and Dirk Dongon combined for 10 points in the payoff quarter but AACI Bren Tajonera waxed hot and scored all of his 13 points in the final minutes to help give AACI Trading its second victory.
Paredes added 12 points for AACI Trading , Yap shot 11, Joshua Chua and Sibug with 9 points each and Masadia had 6 points.
Wee led Royal Star with 18 points, Jan Jan Young scored 12, and Dirk Dongon made 10 points.
With two playing days remaining, three teams are still in contention for the last two quarterfinals slot.*
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