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Four teams top standings with 3-0 record

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Royal Star Trading team*

University of St. La Salle – Fyr Fyter dominated Visayan Maritime Academy all quarters of their game, for an emphatic 93-52 victory in the 1st United Negros Basketball League 25-under Open Tournament, last Saturday at the Bacolod Tay Tung High School Po Hang Gym. 

Davies Paints Phils. and Royal Star Trading kept pace with USLS on top of the standings with similar 3-0 cards. 

All players fielded by USLS Coach Raymund Anthony Concha scored, with Andrie Dubouzet’s 14 points leading the charge, MJ De La Cruz adding 12, Keith Ortillano and Josh Luciano – 8 apiece, and Riggy Alinsoring and Jim Jimera – 7 each. 

John Amante led VMA with 9 points, backstopped by the troika of Ian Capuyan, Jeric Magada, and Mark Gatinao unloading 7 markers each. 

Davies Paints Phils. rolled past JEYDI K Waterproofing 67-50. The former held a 28-17 1stquarter lead, and then proceeded to limit JEYDI K Waterproofing to with 16 points in the next 2 quarters to erect a 58-33 cushion going to the 4th quarter.   

John Mermida showed the way for Davies with 17 points, Ken Sarco – 15, Mark – 12, and Tim Villanueva – 7. 

JEYDI K was spearheaded by Joshua Abkilan with 9 points, Jemwel Malojo, Arkel Santero and Nico Abaquita – 8 points each, and Dhax Mañago – 7. 

In the curtain raiser, Royal Star Trading defeated Obi Knights, 79-65. RST started out the game on almost even terms, taking a slim 19-18 advantage in the 1st quarter, behind John Lloyd Licawan’s 6 points. The trio of Edsel Manday, Justine Jay Ragay, and Rafael Catalonia joined hands in the 2nd quarter for 16 points to extend the lead to 42-32 at the break.

The balanced OBI Knights offense outscored RST in the 3rd canto but they were unable to sustain it going to the final quarter, as RST kept them in check with several double-digit leads. 

Ranier Karl Estrada was high point man for RST with 17 points, Ragay chipped in 16 markers with 4 triples, Manday – 14, Mel Brandon Berrueda – 11, and Licawan – 8. 

Among the OBI Knights, Jules Hubierna scored 10 points, Edgar Calpes – 11, James Lumbrado – 8, John Andrei Solivio, Jezryl Puyong, and Anthony Alcantara – 6 points each. 

Meanwhile, Colegio De San Agustin Bacolod / Strived Sportswear barged into the win column by holding off KDR Perfecto 83-72.

CSAB was in the driver’s seat at the break, 44-33, as Ken Malazarte and AJ Ondon delivered 7 points apiece, while teammates Mycco Deposoy and Fulgen Paderog had 6 each, against Louie Villarosa and Cloyd Seballos who conspired to tally 14 points for KDR.

There were anxious moments for Strived Sportswear when KDR cut the deficit to 59-56, with Ceballos, Reynold Artesano, and Villarosa at the offense, dropping 5 markers each. 

But KDR Perfecto could not stop Jemar Cepriano in the 4th quarter as he powered CSAB/ Strived with 12 points in the payoff quarter to seal the first win for his team.  

Cepriano paced CSAB/Strived with 18 points, Kenneth Malazarte -15, Paderog -11, Deposoy – 8, Carl Estampador and Ondon – 7 points apiece. 

Reynold Artesano Jr. led KDR Perfecto with 17 points, Villarosa – 13, Ceballos – 11, Mark Bryan Bandojo – 9, and Joshua Balinas – 8.*


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May 2024

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