Go explodes for 46
Christopher “Bong” Go scored the final eight points of City Hall Executive Oldies to lead his team to a 88 – 85 victory over Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) in Game 2 of the 4th Conference best of seven series at the Davao City Recreation Center Almendras Gym on Wednesday.
Go’s scoring surge under the final two minutes was capped by a pair of clutch two free throws with 6.2 second left that sealed the win for the Executive Oldies.
The sweet-shooting executive assistant of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who dished out 7 assists, finished the game with 46 points, including 14 in the final period as the Executive Oldies gained a 2-0 series lead.
Ram Reyes had an impressive game, registering 14 points while breaking out of his shooting slump.
Like in the previous conference, the ABC dropped the second game of the series in a see-saw battle.
The valiant balance scoring effort of the village chiefs went futile after faltering in the final seconds of the game.
Romeo Torrejas Jr. led all ABC scorers with 16 as Roland Bantayan hit five triples all in the second half to finish with 15.
A Go pull-up jump shot put the Executive Oldies ahead by 8, 86 – 78, under a minute left in the game.
But the village chiefs climbed back with two straight three pointer courtesy of Bantayan and Torrejas Jr. to make it an 84 – 86 cushion with 10.1 second to go.
Go was fouled in the next play and calmly converted two clutch free throws that shut the lights out for the village chiefs.
Glen Escandor and Michael Peloton chipped in 11 and 10 points respectively for the Executive Oldies which pushed their winning streak to four games after tasting their first loss against ABC in 15 matches.
It was an all Executive Oldies in the first period where Go pumped in 12, 2 points shy of tying the output of the village chiefs. The opening canto ended with the Executive Oldies leading by 11, 25 – 14.
The village chiefs went into scoring rampage in the next two period to arrange a thrilling fourth and final canto. (RICO BILIRAN)