Royal Star Claims Fil-Sino Title

Royal Star Trading defeated Basecom, 82-73, to be crowned as champion of the 2nd conference Fil-Sino All Asian Countertrade Inc. Inter-Color Basketball Tournament last Monday at Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School.

Most Valuable Player Arnol Laureño dominated the low post and finish with a game high 20 points as Nico Lopingco added 19, Uy shot 11, DK Equipaje drilled 12, and Jason Yap with 6 points.

Basecom cut the deficit at half, 33-32, behind Yan Yan Dy 8 points with teammates Harry Siendo and Efraim Valencia added 6 points each even as Equipaje scored 12 points for Royal Star Trading.

Edward Uy and Laureño keep the lead at 60-53 while Basecom Danny Boy Uy scored 6 points and Dan Dan Ong and Dy scored 4 points apiece.

Dy scored 6 points while Bobby Yap knocked down 2 triples to rally Basecom in the 4th, but Nico Lopingco sparked the Royal Star offense with 12 with support from Luigi Coo and Laureño to seal the championship.

Dy finished with 18 points; Siendo shot 10; Yap with 8; Ong made 7 and Ramon Khey with 6 points.* (CMGarde)