Pineda on the attack
STI College Malolos turned to its running game to stymie the returning STI College Munoz-EDSA 102 – 65. Abram Pineda anchored the Malolos cagers fastbreak run as he scored 32 big points with most of them coming in the first and third quarter to spark their run and give them more distance against their opponents. The Bulacan based cagers scored 28 first quarter points, 27 2nd quarter points and another 29 in the third canto to showcase the offensive power of Malolos team which is seeking to improve on its third place finish last year.
Arvin Detubio - smooth as silk
Former Junior Olympians Arvin Detubio and Carlo Jimenez were also instrumental in giving STI College Malolos a good run as Detubio scored 16 points while Jimenez added six points but dished out nine assists which were mostly lead passes to Pineda and Detubio. Leading the comebacking STI College Munoz-Edsa team is Rizaldy Binibini who scored 15 points while Mark Bolaolao and Frederick Cruz added 14 and 12 points respectively.
In the lone close game of the day, the STI College Global City squad leaned on the clutch shooting of Michael de Belen to escape with an 81 – 77 win over another comebacking team, STI College Las Piñas. After seeing the first three games end in routs, the Global City squad raced to several double digit leads and went into the fourth quarter with a nine point lead and threatening to put the game beyond recall.
Just when everyone thought that the Global City squad was about to pull away, STI College Las Pinas through Cris John Jutie and Kristian Dimaano orchestrated an amazing comeback as the duo combined for 25 fourth quarter points to turn to turn a 49 – 58 deficit into a 67 – 62 lead with three minutes remaining in the game. After calling a time out, the Global City team turned to Junior Olympian Jim Lontoc who sank a three pointer while de Belen added another one to give them the upperhand once again 68 - 67. While Jutie and Dimaano had their way once again while rookie Jeremy Bungar scored on two clutch hits this time.
Jutie scored 14 4th qtr pts
Then both teams refused to wilt under pressure as Jutie scored four points and Dimaano five points as he gave the elad once again to the Las Pinas team 76 – 74 with a three pointer over de Belen. Not to be intimidated, Global City guard Jeremy Bungar scored four points when Lontoc and De Belen were covered well by the Las pinas defense to give them a one point lead 77 - 76. De Belen then iced the game with three free throws as Jutie missed one to give the Global City team their first victory this year.
Pineda 32, Detubio 16, Sumeracruz 12, Marcelo 8, Victoria 8, Catahan 6, Hernandez 6, Jimenez 6, Managat 4, Ecleo 2, Cruz 2
Binibini 15, Baloaloa 14, Cruz 12, Honrubia 8, Lopez 5, Clavero 4, Rojas 3, Blanco 2, Rialubin 2, Pangan 0
28 – 14, 55 – 33, 84 – 48, 102 – 65
GLOBAL CITY (81)
Lontoc 19, de Belen 13, Epa 11, Manzano 9, Pangilinan 9, Bungar 8, Sultan 5, Barbero 3, Aquino 2, Norte 2, Lucban 0, Bernal 0, Lagrimas 0,
LAS PIÑAS (77)
Jutie 32, Dimaano 26, Bongabong 10, Rodriguez 4, Limpin 3, Enolpe 2, Acuña 0, Razon 0, Rocha 0, Sanchez 0
15 – 14, 41 – 28, 58 – 49, 81 - 77