Royal Star Trading, Basecom Enter Semis in FilSino
Top seed Royal Star Trading defeated No. 8 JSY Transport, 58-50 as No. 3 Basecom held off No. 6 Silver Dragon Transport, 76-74 in the quarterfinals to secure seats in the semifinals of the ongoing Fil-Sino All Asian Countertrade Inc. Inter-Color tournament 2nd conference at the Bacolod Tay Tung High School gym.
JSY Transport took an early 16-10 advantage in the opening period behind Dirk Dongon and Dr. Emil Guanzon fired 5 points apiece while Edward Uy and Brix Arrobang dropped 8 points each to cut JSY Transport’s lead at the half, 32-29.
However, the low scoring 3rd quarter slightly favored Royal Star Trading as JSY Transport kept the upper-hand going into the final quarter, 43-42.
In the payoff period, the Royal Star Trading turned their height and heft into an advantage as Arnol Laureño and Livingstone Ang combined for 9 points while JSY Transport was held to 7 points in the quarter.
Arrobang led Royal Star Trading with 14 points as Laureño and Uy delivered 12 points apiece while Livingstone and DK Equpaje combined for 14 points.
On the other hand, Shinley Uy, Dongon and Guanzon finished with 10 points apiece for JSY Transport as Glin Ortaliz produced 8 points and Kendrick Deloria hit 6 points.
In the other match, Silver Dragon Transport has a good start taking a 23-12 opening quarter advantage behind Brian Coo’s 10 points and Bobil Alagaban’s 6 points.
But, Basecom roared back in the 2nd quarter to take a 45-33 advantage at the break on Yan Yan Dy’s 14 markers, Efraim Valencia’s 8 points, and Dandan Ong with 6 points.
Silver Dragon cut the deficit in the third, 62-57 behind the balanced offense led by Bobil Alagaban with 7 points as Rey Pandoro and Coo conspired to continue their momentum in the final period. But, Basecom answered and held on to the lead to win the semis seat.*