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Royal Star Trading hands AACI Trading its first loss

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Sweet Crystal Sugar defeated JSY Countertrade, 62-61. 

In the first game, JSY came into the night looking to avoid another loss, but didn’t get off to a very good start as they finished the first quarter with a 19-14 deficit. However, they put together a spirited second quarter, equalling the output of Sweet Crystal Sugar, twelve all, but still facing a five point deficit going into halftime.

The Sugars then added another three points to their edge in the third quarter, extending the lead to 8 points as they went into the final frame. JSY Countertrade was able to outscore their rival in the final period, but it was not enough to complete a comeback, as the game ended with a narrow 62-61 Sweet Crystal Sugar win. 

Edward Baniel led Sweet Crystal Sugar with 27 points, Richard Co furnished 14 points, while RJ Guerrero paced JSY Countertrade with 5 triples for 15 points. Heggen Lucasan generated 10 points while Brian Solinap and JR Lacson posted 8 points apiece.

In the night’s other game, Royal Star Trading handed the AACI Trading their first loss by securing a 57-54 win. The Royals established their terms early on and set the tempo against an AACI squad that looked motivated by their undefeated record.

Royal Star Trading raced to a 15-14 lead in the first quarter, but AACI Trading held them to only 7 points in the second, facing a ten point deficit by the time the quarter ended. However, the Royals didn’t let off the gas pedal in the second half and regained their lead, winning both the third (19-11) and fourth (16-11) quarters.

It was a statement win for Royal Star Trading, being the first team to defeat AACI. Arvin Gustilo led the way with 18 points for the Royals while Doc Gozar contributed 11 points.  Doc Emil Guanzon was the leading scorer for AACI Trading, posting 15 points, followed by Francis Tulbo who notched 12 points.*

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