KUWAIT CITY, July 3: Bonaoy hit two straight free throws in the final seconds to seal the win for Marina Volts, 95-85 against Virtuous in the opening game of the PBLK 5”8’ division basketball conferences Friday afternoon played at the Disabled Sports Club in Hawally.
Bonaoy had a personal best 28 points which was also a game-high while Balaquit added 14 points in the win. The ace guard also went 4 for 6 from beyond the arc and was 10 for 15 from the field. Marina Volts in the initial minutes were gripped by early game jitters prompting their coach to call a timeout as they fell behind 8-3 just two and a half minutes into the game. Volts struggled to settle down late in the first quarter while the game was still within reach.
Bonaoy found his scoring boots late in the first round, simply blowing through open lanes to the basket repeatedly as his team mates set up around the 3-point line. Virtuous struggled to catch up. The wily point guard finished with a game- high 28 points and Balaquit added 14 and six rebounds.
A Sahagun three-pointer, his second in the game, put Volts 4 points clear four minutes into the third but Virtuous stepped up their defense to regain control and, with Batino finding his range from beyond the arc, entered the fourth still lagging behind, 80-89. Batino equaled Bonaoy’s 28 points totally for Virtuous with Tulay adding 16.
Virtuous appeared to be warming fast into the game, Batino pouring in another three-pointer and then grabbing a steal off a poor Tubale pass for a layup to claw back his team’s deficit.
Yet again Volts hit back; an unbroken 7-2 run extending Volts’ lead to 91-85 before a spectacular Balaquit jumper, with less than two minutes left, brought the score line to 93-85. Bonaoy sealed the win with two straight free throws to make the scores 95-85 for Marina Volts.
Meanwhile, in the next 5’8” game, Cabalen dominated all rounds to thrash EPC Buffalos 98-63. The Buffalos, who had a poor start to their campaign, trailed by 11 points at the close of the opening round, 13-24. But a rally in the second ignited by Supnet saw Buffalos’ scores edge up, even as they continued to be bombarded from the field by Cabalen’s Intal and his crew.
A 4-point fourth quarter play by Cabalen’s Magbag was followed by 12 more in the round, capped by a series of layups down the stretch to extend the lead. Magbag got the final four points of the fourth quarter, making a pair of free throws after he was clobbered intentionally on a breakaway by Buffalos’ Fred, and then banking in a jumper that made it 98-63 to close the game in favor of Cabalen. Intal finished with 13 points in the win with Magbag adding 11. But it was Supnet who led all scorers to finish with 17 in the Buffalos’ loss.
Further in the next game, Noel and Mark each had 19 and 12 points, Noel scoring nine of his haul in the final quarter as Kromozone overcame a first round inertia to beat Boodai in the third game of the 5’8” series. Playing in his fourth game of the season, Noel connected on three of his 3-point attempts in the fourth as Kromozone kept Boodai at bay. Mabatid scored 16 points and Jakim 10 had ten as Boodai lost the game despite making 3 of five 3-pointers.
In the final match of the weekend, Bad Bananas recorded an easy victory, beating Warriors 105-70. Manalo racked a whooping 30 points in the win for Bad Bananas whilst Paderon added 15.
Arab Times Staff