City Hall Executive Oldies affirmed their supremacy over Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) with an 83 – 82 win in Game 4 to sweep the 4th Conference best of seven series 4 – 0 at the Davao City Recreation Center Almendras Gym on Tuesday night.
The Executive Oldies proved to be the better team in crunch time, playing with great resolve, as they pulled off a down the wire victory to close the series with style.
Shooting-buddies Christopher “Bong” Go and Glen Escandor delivered the crucial blows down the stretch for the Executive Oldies who never loss a series against the ABC.
Go, who finished the game with 34 points, made the go ahead basket at the foul line, hitting two crucial free throws that gave the Executive Oldies an 83 – 82 lead with four seconds remaining.
Roger Galido, who ironically fouled Go that sent the series leading scorer at the foul line, had the chance to turn the fortune of the village chiefs but his shot went off.
The Executive Oldies closed out the series in the same way they did in the first and second conference where they went 4 – 0. Third conference was nearly alike which ended 4 – 1 with the ABC winning Game 3.
Rolando Bantayan paced with 23 points for the ABC who gave all out but once again fell short in the end.
The village chiefs were in a good situation to extend the series as Notnot Yap converted a lay up to put the ABC at the driver seat, 82 – 81, under 10 seconds to go.
But haplessly for them they fouled the penetrating Go that turned things around against their favor.
Escandor banked in 21 points, including a late three pointer that gave Executive Oldies their first lead since midway of the second period at 81 – 80.
The village chiefs were leading all throughout marked with a 66 – 58 advantage entering the pay off period.
ABC came out with a bang, taking a 26 – 16 lead, at the end of the opening period before the Executive Oldies rallied back to cut the deficit, 39 – 44, at the break. (Rico Biliran)