Goldstar Hardware bags 2nd win, TRMH-CMO recovers
GOLDSTAR Hardware secured its second win while The Royal Mandaya Hotel-City Mayor’s Office (TRMH-CMO) bounced back from its first game loss as the 2014 Mayor Rodrigo and Paolo Duterte Kadayawan Commercial Basketball tournament resumed at the Almendras Gym Davao City Recreation Center Tuesday evening.
Goldstar beat the Montaña Pawnshop, 80-75, with import Devon Sullivan drilling in 17 points as Josh Aguilon and John Paul Escobal added 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Montaña’s Ronald Lamocha and Glen Manlangit scored 15 points apiece.
Goldstar players took a 38-34 halftime lead but Montaña remained within striking distance behind the efforts of Steve Acono courtesy of his teammates Marlon Basco, Manlangit, and Lamocha to earn easy baskets and free throw points.
Leo Lasentes’ back-to-back lay-ups pushed the lead back to five points for the Ice Gravador-mentored Goldstar squad that took made a 62-57 edge at the end of the third.
Lamocha, however, started the fourth quarter with four straight points as the Pawnbrokers cut the lead to just one point, 62-61.
Escobal nailed a right corner trey followed by Espiritu’s side-step runner forced a 65-all deadlock midway in the fourth.
Biboy Clavel’s short jumper gave the Montaña squad their first taste of the lead, 67-65, yet Goldstar’s Sullivan and Basco fueled a 5-0 run to snatch a 74-71 advantage.
A 20-minute stoppage then was called in the last 1:42 after water leaked from the gym’s ceiling to the middle of the court due to the heavy downpour.
The stoppage favored the Goldstar team as Basco and Sullivan buried back-to-back dagger treys to secure their second win.
Gravador said booking a finals berth won’t be a walk in the park, saying: “We need to win against Mandaya to avoid complications. We will just focus on how our team plays. I’ll admit that they are very hard to beat because of good coaches.”
“We will try to rely on our cohesiveness and being unselfish inside the court. As far as the finals is concerned, it is still very hard to say because there might a three-way tie for first. We will just cross the bridge when we get there,” Gravador said.
Meanwhile, the TRMH-CMO routed the MP Hotel Warriors, 81-64.
Eman Calo led the charge for the TRMH-CMO with 18 points.
Eight-division world champion and Sarangani congressman Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao sank 10 points in his first game with the MP Warriors.
Mark Yee and Dennis Daa converted for long range bombs for TRMH-CMO to jumpstart a 20-9 lead in the first quarter.
TRMH-CMO continued their strong outing as they collected five offensive rebounds resulting to second chance points for a 37-26 advantage.
The MP Hotel Warriors succumbed to costly turnovers which THRM-CMO capitalized through the smart plays of Calo, Yee and Daa to end the first half with a 42-33 edge.
TRMH-CMO relied on the services of import Mike Henry as he powered his way to the hoop for easy points to stretch the lead, 55-43.
MP Warriors’s attempt for a comeback was foiled as TRMH-CMO defenders were all over him.
Warriors guard Jay Cullado also got ejected in the final period after reacting to a foul call on Mark Yee, thus, giving TRMH-CMO a chance to convert five out of eight free throws.
TRMH-CMO coach Ronel Leuterio said they’ll not take Goldstar easy. “We should treat every game the same. We should respect our opponents but never fear them. We need to beat Goldstar by eight points, a rather tough task considering how good they are playing lately,” Leuterio told Sun.Star Davao.
Elimination games were still being played as of Wednesday.
The battle for third and championship games are set today. (With MLSA)