Sports: Akasya Grill, Sun Routs Rival in LNA/PROBAC Caging
Akasya Grill had an easy win over the Bad Boys, 107-73, but Sun Cellular had to work hard to escape Ink Cream in overtime, 113-108 in a hotly contested match in the LNA7/PROBAC Basketball Invita-tional tournament at West Negros University gym Tuesday.
With the win, Akasya Grill remains in the second spot of the team standing with 6-2 win-loss card.
In the Akasya-Bad Boys’ game, both squads played toe-to-toe closing the first half with a tight score 41-38 for Akasya.
Justin Tugado led Akasya’s first quarter offense with 5 points while teammates Matthew Yap and Mark Kong scored 4 points each as Joebert Lomutan anchored Bad Boys with 10 points.
The scoring spree continued in the second quarter for both clubs with Akasya nailing 24 points while Bad Boys had 21 points.
Six-footer Hans Schulze scored 10 points to lead Akasya as Edward Castellano and Mark Velez tallied 4 points each, while Badong Eufre carried Bad Boys with 11 points.
But Akasya played big in the third period as they exploded to a 32-9 run behind Japhet Cua and Carlo Diaz 9 points as JR Pipino and John Antiporda with 5 points.
Schulze anchored Akasya with 16 points while Cua had 11 points while Pipino, Tugado and Diaz hit 10 apiece; Antiporda 7 points and Paolo Cuenca, Castellano, Velez and Kong with 6 points each.
On the other hand, Eufre topscored Bad Boys with 15 points as Ritchie Militante added 13; Joebert Lomutan had 10 and JP Geroso with 7 points.
In the other match, Sun Cellular tallied a huge 53 points in the fourth quarter to force Ink Cream to overtime after a 95-all standoff and eventually won the match.
Peewee Demonteverde, after scoring 11 points in the opening quarter, sunk 19 points in the playoff period to anchor the Cellular’s performance onward the final buzzer as Patric Echarri backstopped with 12 points.
Ink Cream led the first quarter, 26-23, but Sun Cellular got the momentum in the second period to post a 26-17 advantage. Sun led the half, 49-43.
However, Ink Cream played harder in the third with a 27-11 blast and took back the lead at the end of the period, 70-60.
Demonteverde powered Sun Cellular with 30 points as Echarri added 17, Dave Docto with 15, JR Fernandez with 12, Fr. Dexter Plagciosa with 11, Christian Castro with 8 and Nato Canoy with 7 points.
Meanwhile, dela Torre spearheaded Ink Cream with 23 points as Noy Diamante added 14 points, Luigi Herrera with 11, Johnson Ciocon with 10, Aljin Araneta and Heris with 8 points; Kim Arnaiz and Legaria with 7 and Jay Agulan with 6 points.* (CMGarde)