City Hall Executives held their ground in the rough plays of Game 1 and eked out an 84 – 78 win over Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) as the 5th Conference kicked off on August 29, Friday night at the Davao City Recreation Center Almendras Gym.
The Executive Oldies overcame the rugged and rowdy plays in the opening game of the new series – marked with an ABC player being rushed to the hospital for check-up after the game – to take a 1 – 0 lead.
Christopher “Bong” Go ignored the on-and-off side skirmishes as the conference scoring leader poured in 27 points, including 17 in the first half.
Michael Peloton banked in 18 points as Joseph Felizarta dropped 14 for the Executives Oldies who extended its winning streak to seven after tasting their only defeat in 18 games.
Glen Escandor was hit in the left eye in the third period where the spot-up shooter scored 8 of his total 12 points. The business-sportsman was clearly distracted by the hit in the eye as he went scoreless in the final period.
Arnulfo Apostol top scored with 18 baskets for the village chiefs who lost the opening game of the series in all conferences.
Rolando Bantayan, who was ABC’s scoring leader in the last five games, made 14 points.
ABC forward G. Culaste and Barredo collided badly as they dashed for loose ball that left the former in a bloody nose.
Culaste was rushed to the hospital after the game for a series of test on his sustained injury.
The Executive Oldies were leading most of the game but the village chiefs stayed within the striking distance.
Go, who converted nine points, and the rest of the gang took a 24 – 19 lead after the first period. (Rico Biliran)