Montaña, Goldstar win opening games
THE Montaña Pawnshop and Goldstar Hardware drew first blood as the 2014 Mayor Rody and Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte Kadayawan Commercial Basketball Tournament opened at the Almendras Gym Davao City Recreation Center that was filled to the rafters Monday night.
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte, during the opening, thanked team owners and players for participating in the annual tournament.
“Salamat sa inyong pag-apil sa liga kay kini walay kwarta diri (There’s no money here). We are here for goodwill para sa Dabawenyos,” Duterte said.
Montaña stunned Araw ng Dabaw champion The Royal Mandaya Hotel-City Mayor’s Office (TRMH-CMO), 74-63, in a game that figured in 10 deadlocks and a series of lead changes.
TRMH-CMO pulled off a 34-28 at the break but Montaña surged to an 18-6 rally to snatch a 46-40 lead, barely two minutes and 10 seconds left in the third canto, behind the efforts of Glen Manlangit and Ronald Lamocha who combined for 15 points of the total 26 output of the Pawnbrokers.
TRMH-CMO, however, got their acts together as Eman Calo, Lyndon Gudez, Mark Yee, Darwin Cordero and Marvin Hayes rallied to force a 54-all tie, 6:31 remaining in the game.
Crucial turnovers and misses then hurt TRMH-CMO which Montaña capitalized through the heroics of Steve Acono, Lamocha and Manlangit who instigated an 11-4 spurt to grab the lead, 65-58, only 1:19 to go.
Calo buried a trey for TRMH-CMO to trim the lead, 61-66, but Lamocha and Manlangit converted four consecutive charity baskets for Montaña to pull away, 69-61, only 20.6 seconds left.
Yee managed to score on a lay-up for the Glen Escandor-owned TRMH-CMO that succumbed to foul trouble earlier, thus, allowing Montaña to secure the win with more penalty baskets.
Manlangit poured in 19 points as Acono and Lamocha added 13 and 11, respectively. Yee had 10 points for TRMH-CMO.
Montaña coach Nick Serafica, in a phone interview, said: “Tsamba lang, nindot lang naging dula sa mga players. Team work gyud ang susi. Kay isa ra man among import, maayo ang dagan sa sistema sa among mga plays (We were just lucky. The players executed their plays well. Team work was a major factor and just having one import didn’t affect the system of our team plays).”
TRMH-CMO coach Ronel Leuterio, for his part, said, “Honestly, I don’t know what to say anymore. Walang effort ang execution. We were clearly outplayed.”
Goldstar, meanwhile, clobbered MP Pacman Warriors, 71-62, with Paul Escobal (15 points) and Devon Sullivan (13) as top scorers for the Ice Gravador-mentored squad.
“We are just taking one game at a time. I’m just hoping that our outside shots will connect earlier in the game,” Gravador said in a text message.
He also said the players relied on each other as they didn’t hire many imports. “Everybody is trying to share whatever he can.”
Games were ongoing as of presstime in the league sanctioned by Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas regional director Regino “Boy” Cua. (MLSA)