Go, Execs hold off Everball late rally, end 2-game losing skid
Christopher “Bong” Go went hot early and the City Hall Executives held off Everball Columbia fourth period onslaught to cop a pulsating 75 – 72 decision in Game No. 9 of their basketball friendly series on Wednesday night at the Davao City Recreation Center Almendras Gym.
Go, the executive assistant of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, came through with 29 points, accounting 17 in the first half, to lead the Executives’ balanced attack as they got back in the winning track after dropping the last two outings.
Ricky Sumagang chipped in 13 baskets as Joel Aberilla added 11 for the Executives who boosted up their series lead, 7 – 2.
Leading by 2, 74 – 72, Go, who had been delivering remarkably at the clutch for the Executives, was fouled with 1 second remaining and given two free throws via penalty.
The 2014 IBP-CMO MVP had a chance to seal the win but he split his foul shots that gave Everball an opportunity to send the game into overtime.
Skipper Earl Angsinco, who played remarkably in this game for Everball, made the potential game-tying heave but the shot went nothing but the air.
Everball Columbia was trailing by double digit entering the payoff canto, 60 – 50, but gradually crawled back behind its gutsy effort.
Angsinco and Macarandan provided the spark for Everball Columbia to get back in the game and engage to a down the wire finish.
Rico Kwan Tiu and Macarandan paced with 16 points apiece for Everball Columbia. Angsinco had 14.
Go sparked a scoring blast in the second period that helped Executives picked up a 41 – 32 lead at the half.
The Executives nearly took an immediate revenge of their 93 – 75 Game No. 7 blowout loss in the last game.
But beanpole forward Eugene Labor muffed two potential game-winning free throws four seconds remaining with Everball only leading by 1. (Rico Biliran)
City Hall Executives – 75 – Go 29, Sumagang 13, Aberilla 11, Escandor 6, Flores 6, Cloribel 4, Peloton 3, Apostol 3, Poliquit 0, Labor 0, Reyes 0.
Everball Columbia – 72 – Kwan Tiu 16, Macarandan 16, Angsinco 14, Mending 8, Balisalisa 4, Deveza 3, Caballero 3, Maligro 2, Macatabong 2, De Felix 2, Martinez 2.
City Hall Executives wasted a pretty chance to pull away with a dramatic come from behind victory and get back in the winning track in the series.
Eugene Labor muffed a potential game-winning free throws in closing seconds allowing Everball Columbia to escape a 90 – 87 win in Game No. 8 of their basketball friendly series at the Davao City Recreation Center Almendras Gym on Tuesday night.
Downed by a point, 87 – 88, Labor took a pass at the shaded lane and got fouled on his way to the basket with 4 seconds remaining of the neck-to-neck encounter.
But the beanpole forward missed the two crucial shots at the foul line that enabled the Everball Columbia to seize the win. Everball Columbia converted at the stripes to in the next play to settle the final score.
The heartbreaking loss was the second straight for the Executives and came three days after the Christopher “Bong” Go-led squad bagged the 2014 IBP-CMO Basketball Tournament title.
Rico Kwan Tiu came through with 25 points for Everball Columbia that withstood all adversity down the stretch to snatch the win.
Martinez chipped in 12 while Angsinco and Macatabog had 10 apiece to help Everball Columbia improved its card in the series, 2 – 6.
Go, who was recently awarded MVP of the IBP-CMO hoopfest, scattered for 33 points with the bulk of which came in the second half.
It was Go who sparked the Executives rally in the final half that kept them in the game, trailing only by 2, 66 – 68, entering the final period.
Joel Aberilla made 12 as Rcky Sumagang and Erick John Flores had 11 and 10 respectively.
Everball Columbia blew out the Executives, 93 – 75, in the last outing (Game No. 7) to taste its first win and snap the
City Hall-based dribblers six game winning streak. (Rico Biliran)
Everball Columbia – 90 – Kwan Tiu 25, Martinez 12, Angsinco 10, Macatabog 10, De Felix 7, Macarandang 7, Caballero 6, Maligro 6, Balisalisa 4, Deveza 3, Chium 0, Mending 0, Avinante 0.
City Hall Executives – 87 – Go 33, Aberilla 12, Sumagang 11, Flores 10, Cloribel 9, Labor 6, Escandor 3, Apostol 2, Peloton 0, Poliquit 0, Bredol 0