Gardenville, Isaac pockets Strawberry Cup titles


LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Gardenville and Isaac whipped their respective rivals to pocket the H and 40s title, respectively last August 11, 2017 at the La Trinidad Municipal Gym, here.

Gardenville used a second quarter flurry and Kenneth Antonio’s hot-shooting in the third to whip FMA-Aquisan, 82-56, for the H championship.

Charlie Lubuat initiated the first breakaway. With the score tight at 19-16, Gardenville, Lubuat canned four straight freethrows and three baskets, two of them assisted by Juan Antonio, to open a 10-point lead, 29-19, midway through the second quarter.

Gardenville then used an 11-0 run bridging the second and third quarters to convert a slim four point lead to a 15-point advantage early in the third to put the fight out of FMA.

From there, Kenneth Antonio keep on putting FMA at bay with his timely hits, pumping all of his 14 points that includes four triples.

KEEP DISTANCE. Gardenville’s Kenneth Antonio drives against FMA for a basket during the third quarter action of the Bracket H championship last August 11, 2017 at the La Trinidad Municipal Gym. Antonio was instrumental in helping Gardenville maintain a huge lead as he scored timely baskets each time FMA ignites a rally to reduce a 20-point deficit. Photo by: KES LEE LISING.

Antonio fired his first triple to make it 52-34 midway to the third.

When FMA attempted to inch in later by reducing the deficit back to 15, Antonio fired back-to-back treys to restore a 20 point margin, 64-44, early in the fourth, all but securing Gardenville’s hold on the lead and the trophy.

On the other hand, Benjie Lorente and Bong Cachin scored in the 20’s to tow Isaac in taming the Isaiah 7:14 Bulldogs, 84-77, for the 40s jewel.

Lorente scored nine while Cachin drilled in eight as Isaac established a three-point halftime lead. Stanford Garcia carried the torch for the Bulldogs with his eight points, all made during the second quarter.

Christopher Sinong then took over in the third and fired nine as Isaac increased the lead to six. Lorente finished the night with 11 fourth quarter points that includes two triples to hand Isaac the win.

Cachin backed them up with seven in the third and five in the fourth.

Gardenville 82: Kenneth Antonio 14, Charlie Lubuat 14, Allan Jimeno 13, Jonar Palaez 10, Neil Ulep 9, Genesi Vergara 8, Jr. Sambot 6, Jerry Danglipen 4, Juan Antonio 2, Mark Abat 2.

FMA-Aquisan 56: Karl Balog-ang 14, Brylee Gadgad 11, Warlon Luma-ang 10, Wilhelm Abance 7, Kevin Batawig 7, Kendrick Paus 3, Wynster Aquisan 2, Adriane Luma-ang 2, Rodney Luma-ang.

Quarterscores:15-12, 38-30, 61-41, 82-56
3pt shots made: K. Antonio 4, Jimeno 1, Balog-ang 2, Paus 1.

Isaac 84: Benjie Lorente 22, Bong Cachin 20, Christopher Sinong 14, Arman Passion 12, Sherwin Galgala 6, Albin Santos 5, Dodie Mendillo 2, Rommel Basali 2, Jimwell Generoso 1, Norvie Toledo.

Isaiah 7:14 Bulldogs 77: Arnel Santos 17, Jason Serrano 13, Joseph Orinion 13, Stanford Garcia 12, Johnny Batanes 8, Jonar Palaez 6, Gerald Catanglan 4, Romy Soriano 2, Tom Babsa-ay 2, Noel Dahlen.

Quarterscores: 17-14, 36-33, 59-53, 84-77
3pt shots made: Loriente 3, Al. Santos 1, Ar. Santos 2, Serrano 2, Orinion 1.