Glen Escandor dished out a masterful performance to remember to the delight of his The Royal Mandaya Hotel-CMO basketball team players and staff.
The spot-up shooting businessman-sportsman nailed eight triples to lift the City Hall Executive Oldies past Association of Barangay Captain, 86 – 82, in Game 1 of the 4th Conference best of seven series at the Genesis 88 Gym in Ecoland on Saturday.
Escandor proved exactly why he is a forced to be reckoned with for the Executive Oldies as the City Sports Development Division consultant finished the game with 28 points, including three treys in the first period that set the tone of the series opener.
The Executive Oldies were leading at the end of the first period, 23 – 10, and never trailed the rest of the way. Christopher “Bong” Go came through with 33 points, including crucial blows at the stretch.
Notnot Yap continued to lead the charge for the ABC since his first game way back in Game 4 of the last conference.
But his team-best 13 markers on top of intangible plays once again were not good enough to give the village chiefs a win.
After hitting four treys in the first half, Escandor struck again with another four in the final half.
The Executive Oldies bench cheered with style every time Escandor converted from behind the arc and the group of TRMH-CMO players and staff jumped to applause at the sideline.
It was a masterful performance with Escandor proving further as the best spot-up shooter and new three point king for the Executive Oldies.
Michael Peloton contributed with 10 points for Executive Oldies who won three in a row after losing Game 3 in the 3rd Conference.
Rolando Bantayan and Romeo Torrejas Jr. scored 12 points apiece for the village chiefs.
TRMH-CMO acquired the services of several renowed players from Manila and Cebu for the 29th Kadayawan sa Davao Commercial League which tips off today at 5pm at the Davao City Recreation Center Almendras Gym.
Going all out to defend its 2012 Kadayawan title, TRMH-CMO will open its bid today against Montana Pawnshop. (Rico Biliran)