Jollibee nip Mishary to keep unbeaten record Al Ghanim remain in contention with win over Gulf Cable

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 10: At the on-going 2012 Filipino Sailor’s Club in Kuwait (FSCK) Basketball Tournament being held at the Marina Crescent Basketball Court in Salmiya, the opening game of the scheduled 5th week double header turned out as expected as the fast food magnates of Jollibee nipped the sea masters of Mishary in a thrilling finish to keep their unbeaten record. Meanwhile, the white shirts of Al Ghanim Marine remained in contention for a semi finals berth after posting a convincing win over the Gulf Cable power cagers.
Entering the game with a clean 3-0 win-loss record, the buzzing dribblers of Jollibee were favored to snatch their fourth consecutive victory over Mishary who carries an even 2-2 win-loss record of its own. With an outright semi final stint at stake the highly charged encounter kicked off with the Mishary green shirts opening up with an explosive performance in the first quarter. Headed by the sweet shooting Raul Rocaberte who poured 11 big points and Efren Agramon who added 6 points, Mishary moved up by 10 points, 22-12 at the end of the first canto. In the next quarter, the shooting percentage of Jollibee’s snipers led by Aaron Segovia and Erwin Bazar improved a few notch up but the chicken joy makers failed to make any headway as Ferdie Lingo and Sherwin Sanchez helped Mishary increased in lead to 12 points at the end of the first half 38-26.


As both teams played on even terms defensively and offensively, Mishary was able to preserve an 11-point advantage heading towards the decisive fourth quarter. With the greenies ahead 57-46, the black shirts of Jollibee fielded in the quintet of Joseph Nogan, Aaron Segovia, Erwin Bazar, Erwin Bazar and Alex Juan hoping to produce the needed points while stopping the shooters of Mishary from scoring. Through a tighter defense and an explosive offense throughout the fourth period, Jollibee slowly trim down the lead of Mishary and successfully wrest the lead going to the last few minutes of the game. With Mishary missing badly, Jollibee went on to clinch its fourth win of the tournament 70-68. The top scorers of the game are as follows, Jollibee (70) - Aaron Segovia-18, Erwin Bazar-18, Erwin Bazar -15, Joseph Nogan-15, Alex Juan-4; Mishary (68) - Raul Rocaberte-24, Ferdie Lingo-15, Efren Agramon-14, Sherwin Sanchez-11, Jeffrey Alix-2, Tejada-2.
Moving on to the second game, Al Ghanim Marine and Gulf Cable step into the hard court both in a make or break situation where victory in the game will boost the team’s chance of advancing to the next round and a loss spelling doom to the unlucky one. Through the electrifying trio of Rene Ongco, Aldwen Robes and Joey Talite, Gulf Cable emerged on top by 4 points after the first quarter. Just the like the sea, the tide changed quickly in the next quarter in favor of Al Ghanim Marine who banked on the sizzling form of Arven Tenerife drilled in 13 big points helping the mariners grabbed the upper hand 32-27 at the end of the half.


With the hot hands of Arven Tenerife still burning the hoop in the third quarter with back up scoring coming from Reynan Malubay and Ian Monterola, Al Ghanim Marine slowly broke loose from a tight game moving up by 11 points at the conclusion of the third quarter 53-42. The teams then exchanged baskets in the final quarter enabling Al Ghanim to go home with a well deserved 80-68 victory its second in arrow that boosted their chances of moving on to the stage of the tournament. Leading scorers of the game are as follows, Al Ghanim marine (80) - Arven Tenerife-46, Reynan Malubay-13, Ian Monterola-11, Anthony Fajardo-6, Jerico Alipit-4; Gulf Cable - Aldwen Robes-27, Joey Talite-26, Rene Ongco-8, Richard Barcena-6, Bonet Bernardo-4.
The team standings after 5 rounds are as follows (read as rank, team name, games won, games lost) 1. Jollibee - 4-0, 2. Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait - 3-1, 3. Mishary - 2-3, 4. Al Ghanim Marine - 2-3, 5. Gulf Cable - 1-3, 6. Americana - 0-4.
 


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