Lower ranked AACI Transport stunned tournament leader JSY Transport, 84-62, while No. 6 Sweet Crystals Sugar eliminated No. 3 Royal Star Trading, 71-60, in the quarterfinals of the Fil-Sino All Asian Countertrade Inc. Inter-Company Basketball Tournament at Bacolod Tay Tung High School Po Hang Gym.
Getting the last seat into the quarterfinals, AACI took advantage of the absence of JSY Transport's center Arnol Laureño to force a rubber match. As the No. 1 steam, JSY enjoys a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.
After taking a 21-9 lead in the first quarter, AACI ran like a well-oiled machine with Derek Sibug, Joel Masadia, and Joshua Chua leading the way in the early minutes of the game.
The Trio of Bren Tajonera, Jolly Castillo and Jason Yap combined for 21 ptoints in the second quarter extend the lead to 42-24, even as Shinley Uy tried to keep JSY Transport in the game with 7.
Uy scored 14 points and and Frederick Ong added 6 in the second half for the No. 1 team but AACI relied on the hot shooting of Yap, who knocked down 4 triples, and Tajonera, who added 8 markers to complete the upset victory.
Yap topscored for AACI Transport with 21 points while Tajonera added 16, Joel Masadia dropped 9, Jolly Castillo had 8, Mark Velez and Nico Lopingco with 6 points each.
Shinley Uy paced JSY with 21 points backstopped by Chibon Uy and Frederick Ong with 8 points apiece, Ren Ren Lacson scored 7 and Andre Tan with 6 points.
In the other quarterfinals encounter, Royal Star Trading started strong taking a commanding 24-6 advantage over Sweet Crystals Sugar in the first quarter with Brix Arrobang, Kenderson Hao, and Sean Wee taking charge of the offense.
Sweet Crystals turned the tables on Royal Star in the second canto as they cut the deficit to 32-30 by halftime with Yan Yan Dy and Matt Deles combining for 22 points.
Dy and Deles continued to lead Sweet Crystals as they took a slim 49-48 lead at the end of the third quarter.
Deles and Eufre scored 8 points each in the payoff quarter to sustain the momentum while Royal Star just faded away with Wee as the lone bright spot for Royal with 8 points.
Dy dished out 24 points, Deles finished with 20, Eufre shot 10, Jose Miguel Montinola had 8, and Jubert Katalbas with 5 points.
Royal Star was spearheaded by Wee with 18 points, Hao shot 11, Arrobang hit 10, Johann Villanueva and Jan Jan Young made 6 points each.*
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