Kenny Rogers went berserk, scoring 51 points in the third quarter, to pull away with a 127-113 victory over Chris Sports to tie the championship series of the ABC Invitational by Sound Balloon Entertainment in Ayala Northpoint in Talisay City.
Both teams will clash tonight for the conference title.
Kenny Rogers reshuffled its lineup after the loss Monday night and it paid dividends as early as the opening quarter.
Dario Barba started out with six quick points for Kenny Rogers in the first minute to put his team ahead.
Mark Yee and Stanley Bontigao responded for Chris Sports accounting 21 points of their team's 28-point output.
Tommy Andren drilled all of his 11 points to give Kenny Rogers a 31-28 lead to start the second quarter. With both teams tied at 36, Robby Jalandoon and Errol Ledesma hit back to back triples putting Kenny Rogers on top once again.
Chris Sports cut the deficit to 51-50 as Charles del Castillo scored 11 of his team-high 17 points but the Roasters finished the quarter with an 8-0 run in the last 2:11 to lead, 59-50, at halftime.
Fredel Doromal turned in the performance of his lifetime scoring all of his 25 points in the pivotal quarter with his teammates chanting MVP every time he touched the ball.
He finished on 12 of 13 field goal shooting as Kenny Rogers enjoyed its biggest lead, 103-70, with 2:46 remaining.
Chac Mirano was a steady force on the paint as well, scoring 16 of his 20 points as the duo combined for 41 of the team's 51-point third quarter output.
Chris Sports hoped for a big comeback by starting out on an 11-0 run cutting the deficit to just 18 points with 8:32 left in the game.
The Roasters then reasserted their best five players to preserve the lead and avoid any late-game meltdown.
Barba and Ronan Batralo added 10 apiece for Kenny Rogers while Robby Jalandoon, Jerry Ong and Arjay Jamero combined for 26 points.
Bontigao shared top honors with del Castillo scoring 17 as well for Chris Sports, Peewee Demonteverde added 15 , Mark Yee tallied 13 while Paolo Li and Glen Ortaliz chipped in 12 points apiece.
Oliver Manaloto, Deonyson Dy, Sukhraj Sekhon, and Tofel Tan pooled in 25 points.*
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