Burger King edge out Ninjas for 1st win CGC-Suns dominate U-Love as NADEC victorious over JIL

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 3: Anosa scored 12 points and 8 rebounds and Robledo 8 points to hand Burger King their first win of the season in the 5’8” division, 56-55 against Ninja Warriors over the weekend at the Al-Ektasad Exchange Company/Ultimate Tailoring/PHILBACK 9th Conference games played at the Khalijiah School in Riggae.
Mabala, however was the hero of the opening moments of the game as he threw a long volley from the center straight into the Ninja hoop to open the Burger King restaurateurs’ score sheet with 3 points. He flung open the floodgates for Anosa whose affair with the hoop begun right away with two consecutive 2-pointers.
But restaurateurs’ barrages came as the Ninjas had shot ahead on the efforts of Macauyop, Palconan and Lucillo who had partnered with some delectable runs in their side’s 13-10 first round lead. The game saw both sides locked in a standoff 27-27 in the second quarter.

Warriors’ talisman pair Paconan and Macauyop rallied their side with barrages to a 4-point advantage, 45-41 at the end of round three. But King’s strategy of tightened defense and all-hands-on-deck offense paid off as more players of the side contributed in scoring and with just seconds left on the clock and Burger Kings trailing 54-55, Clemente’s 2-pointer came in handy to close the Group D game 56-55 for the restaurateurs.
Anosa shot 12 while Robledo chipped in 8 with the rest of the team taking care of the rest in the win. Ninja Warriors’ Palconan finished at 19 to top all scorers followed by Macauyop at 13.
Also in group C, CGC-Suns dominated all rounds to edge U-Love 61-59. U-Love’s De Gamo opened scoring with a 3-pointer and quickly followed up with another 2. Roxas and De La Cruz, the juggernauts of the Suns ‘side weighed in to score some points in reply to the U-Love advances, taking the Suns into the lead in all the rounds with U-Love breathing down their necks in most cases.

When it got to a 59-59 stalemate, it took Roxas’ 2-pointer to give his side a 1-point advantage at 60-59 and De La Cruz shot the final basket to nail the victory, 61-59 for the Suns. The rounds ended 18-13, 35-22, 47-39 and 61-59. Roxas finished at 19 and Cruz 13 in the win.
Elsewhere in the 5’8” division, Panaguiton scored 10 points to lead NADEC to a 44-37 win against JIL in a low-scoring humdrum. The dairy specialists took an early lead as Vlad Casimiro opened scoring followed by Allan Real to end the first round 8-6. Duller and Teh who finished with 7 and 6 points, partnered to bring the fight squarely to NADEC resulting in a second and third round standoff, 17-17, 27-27. But NADEC’s Jam Bergara who had been hunkering down, found his scoring boots, bombarding the JIL hoop with 8 baskets in support of Panaguiton’s 10 for the dairy specialists to advance past JIL to clinch the win at 44-37.

With Dirk Basco, Nogan and Ruiz finishing with 20, 12 and 12 apiece, OIC-Stallions made an easy job of their clash with Tyramed, handing them an 87-74 score line. The Stallions came from a point down in the first round, 18-19 to dominate the rest of the three rounds, 43-30, 71-33 and finally 87-74. Topher Garospe and Navarro shouldered most of the Tyramed scoring, accounting for 52 of the 74; more than 70% of the points scored with 36 and 16 apiece.
Triple-R went down 65-59 against Nayong Pilipino in another exciting encounter of the 5’8” division. Salamat and Eugenio led Pilipino to the win with 23 and 9 points apiece in a game that Tripple-R dominated to the very moment when they lost focus, allowing Pilipino to steal the win with some last ditch Salamat barrages that turned the tables to hand them the 65-59 result. Philip Atong and Rogue scored 25 and 8 to pace the Trippe-R loss.

In another group D clash, Matrix convincingly defeated Samex 69-43. While all rounds of the game were skewed in favor of Matrix, the game saw balanced scoring on the latter’s side with Gueco scoring 16, Villanueva 11, Pratts 6, Labiran 5 with rest spread over other team members. But scoring on the Samex side was mainly concentrated on Vicencio who finished at 20, Garrovillas, 9 and Quimbo 5. 
Jerome Olpindo and Julius Lelis together scored 28 points to lead JC Net Tailoring to a 54-49 win against EMS. The tailors led in all rounds of the game, 17-15, 27-23, 41-36 and finally 54-49. Ordonez and Pawig scored 19 and 8 markers to pace the EMS loss.

Azkals coasted to an 82-40 win against Tamarraws in the final 5’8” group A game. the lopsided game saw Azkals’ Sevilla and Triumfonte engage the opposition basket at will resulting in a heavily skewed game in favor of the Azkals in all the rounds, 27-6, 42-9, 64-21 and finally 82-40. Vargas and Bernapas scored 36 of the 74 points for Tamaraws while Sevilla scored 18 with Triumfante chipping in 11 in the Azkals win.
In the rest of the weekend’s games, Ikea won 68-61 against DHL in an inter company encounter, while Americana clinched a 66-53 win against Kharafi-COE in the Inter Company group.
Also in the open division,Matrix-Revo lost to D’Lush 58-69 while Oasis Smashers walked away with a hard win, 64-59 against Hasawi.

In the first inter-medical group encounter of the day, Stallions defeated Vipers 59-52. The win was courtesy Spadero, Bakili, Tito and Solana who finished with 12, 12, 10 and 8. The Vipers loss was paced by Pelayo, Roel and Alabe who scored 14, 11 and 11 apiece.
Elsewhere in the inter medical group, EMS won 74-66 against Falcons after having gone down 49-54 in an earlier encounter with JC Net. In the final game of the inter medicals, ATC was given a drubbing, 79-48 by The Friday Group (TFG) with Kenby De La Rosa scoring 33 points in the TFG win.
NADEC after winning their first match, failed to show up for their scheduled second encounter against Ace, leaving Ace as the default winner of the feature with 20 points.

By: Iddris Seidu

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