The Game 4 of the 5th Conference turned out to be a Glen Escandor show.
Escandor waxed hot from beyond the arch to lead the City Hall Executives beat the Association of Barangay Captains (ABC), 99 – 84, in Game 4 and sweep the 5thConference best of seven series, 4 – 0, on Tuesday night at the Genesis 88 Gym.
The spot-up shooter scored all his 30 points from the rainbow area with a remarkable ten three pointers as the three point-raining Executives affirmed their supremacy over the village chiefs.
Executives scoring leader Christopher “Bong” Go pumped in 26 baskets with three triples of his own.
The village chiefs were struck in this conference despite playing a more balance offense and concerted effort on the defensive end.
But their failure withstood on clutch situations continued to hound the village chiefs who had several dying seconds downfall in the previous outings.
Rolando Bantayan fired 25 points for the village chiefs who got 14 apiece from Notnot Yap and Barredo.
Ram Reyes played a good game as well for the Executives as the burly forward put up 20 markers. Michael Peloton had 10. (Rico Biliran)
Executives – 99 – Escandor 30, Go 26, Reyes 20, Peloton 10, Escarilla 6, Poliquit 4, Ong 3, Melodias 0.
ABC – 84 – Bantayan 25, Yap 14, Barredo 14, Torrejas Jr. 10, Maquiling 8, Belarmino 8, Guevarra 6, Culaste 2, Torrejas Sr. 0.
BY RICO BILIRAN
City Hall Executives are now one win away of the 2014 IBP-CMO Basketball Tournament title after outlasting IBP Davao, 89 – 80, in Game 1 of their best of three championship series on Saturday at the Hall of Justice Covered Court in Ecoland.
League scoring champ Christopher “Bong” Go made key plays and unheralded Warren Cloribel stepped up on a great deal as the Executives took a 1 – 0 lead in the championship round touted as the “dream and animated series” by many.
Go, the sweet-shooting executive assistant of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, finished the game with 21 points, including a complex jumper under the final two minute mark to seal the win for the Executives who had 8 points lead on that instance.
As Go was guarded rigidly with double team defense, the scrappy combo guard Cloribel did most of the damage, mainly in the pay off period.
Cloribel banked in 12 of his total 33 markers in the final period that shut the door for IBP Davao.
The defensive attention extended Go paved the way for Cloribel to shines bright in the opening game of the highly-physical series. Cloribel catches fire early with 10 points in the opening canto.
The Executives and the IBP Davao fought neck to neck all game long with both teams traded rallies one after the other.
Go, who averaged a laudable 43.6 points in the elimination round that made him the front-runner for the MVP award, gave the Executives a breathing room with key plays down the stretch capped with the go-ahead jumper.
Gil Ciudadano paced with 18 points for the IBP Davao which got a big boost from Baguio and Cadiogan who had 16 and 15 respectively.
Beanpole center-forward Eugene Labor contributed 14 points as back-up playmaker Dan Apostol chipped in 13 for the Executives who completed a sweet revenge on their elimiantion round loss to IBP Davao.
IBP Davao defeated City Hall Executives, 82 – 81, in the final playdate of the preliminary round.
The Executives were leading at the half, 47 – 39, sparked by the 15 first half points of Go who made three triples.
Founding the groove that was missing in the first half, IBP Davao came out strong in the third period behind its balance scoring that arranged the grinding battle in the final canto.
Go was mostly doubled-team by Carpio, Cadiogan and Baguio. Adrian Paguican needs to put big numbers in Game 2 for the IBP Davao to force a rubber match.
Game 2 is tentatively set on October 11. (Rico Biliran)