Bacolod Steel, Marby Arcade win Fil-Sino basketball titles

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Keith Banzon’s free throw nailed the Class B championship for Bacolod Steel Center as they squeak past Johann Kendrick Tan, 67-66 in the Fil-Sino inter-company inter-color tournament at Bacolod Tay Tung High School Po Hang Gym.
Marby Arcade La Salle captured the Class A Championship against 360 Modern Cafe, 89-80.
Lightning strikes twice for JKT as Banzon also nailed the buzzer beating winning jumper in their second round elimination game.
Facing a five-point deficit, JKT Aldrian Tan put back and a fade away triple by Luigi Coo tied the game at 66 all with 11 seconds left.

Banzon got free from a screen play and drove the baseline but was fouled with 5.3 seconds left. He made a free throw and JKT got the possession but fumbled the ball with .9 seconds left.
Banzon and Joshua Lao combined for 15 points to spearhead Steel to a 23-15 first quarter lead even as Coo and Edward Uy scored all the points for JKT.
Nico Yap propelled JKT with 11 points, taking advantage of their fastbreak attacks to cut the deficit to 33-32 at the break.
The third quarter ended with Steeel still ahead  49-47. Steel continued to stay in front as Simon Tan jacked up six straight points at the start of the payoff quarter. Edward Uy and Coo conspired to keep the game close, but Steel got a break when JKT misfired on their free throws. 
Chief Supt. Adonis Rosales fired four straight points and Bermudez knocked down two free throws for a five-point lead for Steel with a response from Tan and Coo for its first deadlock in the quarter. 
Banzon paced Steel with 14 points, Lao added 12 points, Jeremy Coo shot 11 points, Tan picked up seven points, and Jolly Castillo and Rosales had an equal output of six points. 
Coo had a game-high 21 points, Uy scored 17 points, Yap made 11 points, Biboy Uysang contributed six points and Monroe Chua had four points.
The trio of Mark Binguan, Oliver Manaloto and Bren Tajonera combined for 20 points to lead Marby to a 22-14 opening quarter advantage even as Yanyan Dy scored nine points.
Michael Ang and Robbie Jalando-on scored ten points and nine points, respectively, to cut the deficit to 40-35 by halftime.
Romar Desusa and Pao Pao Lim delivered 12 and nine points, respectively to give Marby a crucial 66-57 advantage going to the fourth quarter.
Marc Lo, Jalando-on and Dy tried to rally the Coffeemen, but the uprising was shortlived as the duo of Jappy Cuaycong and Derek Sibug combined for 19 points to answer the challenge and push the lead to 16 points. (PR)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 21, 2014.


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