AFP Cavaliers’ #41 Romeo Almerol Jr. in rebounding duel with BFP Firefighters’ #5 Rob Wainwright. (Jaybe De Leon / Photoville International)
MANILA, Philippines — The Fire Fighters have stained the Cavaliers’ record to give the soldiers’ their first defeat of the season.
This, after the firemen dominated all four quarters in Sunday’s third game that ended with 104-97 at the Pasig City Sports Center.
BFP playing coach Gilbert Malabanan believes that the team’s extra effort in practices and in the game bore fruit.
“Actually, pinaghandaan namin iyan. Sinabi ko iyan sa mga players ko, hindi namin kakayanin iyan kapag magpa-practice lang kami. Kailangan namin mag-extra effort talaga. Nakita naman namin ang conditioning na ginawa namin sa kalaban, so nagbunga talaga ang hirap namin,” Firefighters head coach Malabanan said.
(Actually, we have prepared for it. I have told my players we won’t be able to handle it by practice alone.We really need to exert extra effort. Anyway, we have seen the conditioning that we made on the other team, our efforts paid off.)
Meanwhile, AFP Assistant Coach Ronald Cahanding admits lack of defense was a culprit of their loss.
“Kung makikita natin yung game, natapos yung game high score eh. So ang nangyari talaga sa amin, ang sama ng defense namin. Nakita nyo naman ang taas ng score nila… ang dami namin ibinigay na fast break.”
(If we look back at the game, it ended with a high score. So what really happened to us was, our defense was so bad. You have seen how high the other team’s score was…we gave them a lot of fast breaks.)
The AFP now has a 3-1 standing, while the BFP has a 1-3 win-loss record.
Meanwhile, in the PDEA-DOJ action, the Drug Busters stunned the Justice Boosters 105-86 to mark its first win.
PDEA was able to limit DOJ’s outside shooting and intensified its defense in the paint area.
“Yung mga shooter lang habulin nila. Di bale na maliit sila basta may challenge. Tapos ang mga big man pigilan nila sa ilalim,” Drug Busters Coach Felix Armando said.
(They should only go after the shooters. It doesn’t matter if they are small, as long as they are challenging. Then, they should block the bigger men in the paint.)
While DOJ Head Coach John Agbayani Jr. said, “Ganoon talaga, mayroong nanalo may natatalo. Nagkaroon ng break ang PDEA during the second half, so we need to accept that.”
(It’s really like that. There’s a winner, there’s a loser. PDEA had a break on the second half, so we need to accept that.)
Robert Sanz and Brillos Rizon made combined 56 points and were hailed as the best players of the game.
And in the GSIS – DOH duel, the Furies claims its second win after toppling the Health Achievers, 83-73.
Forward James Patrick Abugan led the furies with 22 points and six rebounds thus hailed as the best player of the game.
GSIS now has a 2-2 win-loss record, while DOH has 1-3. — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News and Rescue
GAME 1: GSIS Furies defeat DOH Health Achievers, 83-73.
Quarter Scores: 18-18, 36-33, 60-58, 83-73
Box Scores: 83
J. Abugan 22, D. Bunyi 15, R. Banzali 11, M. Nuyana 11, A. Cuevas 10, T. Hernandez 7, A. Sunga 7,
DOH Health Achievers
Box Scores: 73
S. Mopera 26, R. Dabu 13, L. Nidoy 13, M. Kalaw 9, R. Pingol 4, J. Guevarra 3, A. Saculinggan 3, R. Herrera 2
GAME 2: PDEA Drug Busters defeat DOJ Justice Boosters, 105-86
Quarter Scores: 19-23, 43-45, 69-67, 105-86
PDEA Drug Busters
Box Scores: 105
R. Sanz 33, B. Rizon 23, M. Basco 23, J. Montallana 19, D. Dejarme 4, J. Perante 3
DOJ Justice Boosters
Box Scores: 86
E. Mabazza 28, C. Borile 16, J. Lopez 12, P. Reguera 11, J. Polican 7, P. Butel 7, C. Cruz 2, M. San Juan 2, A. Vitero 1
GAME 3: BFP Firefighters defeat AFP Cavaliers, 104-97
Quarter Scores: 26-15, 58-33, 68-51, 104-97
Box Scores: 104
R. Wainwright 19, G. Malabanan 19, J. Jayona 18, R. Sibal 15, R. Molina 11, J. Egea 8, K. Amores 6, A. Cabais 5, R. Namia 3
Box Scores: 97
J. Lumongsod 21, R. Almerol 19, B. Bautista 16, R. Pascual 15, J. Quiambao 9, W. Casulla 6, R. Araneta 6, A. Zuñiga 3, W. Sergio 2