BAGUIO CITY – The Dope squad registered win number three in a foul gutted game while St. Andrews came back strong to likewise pick up a win in last week’s action in the YMCA Cup.
Sparking early in the first canto, the Voltz roared with a 22-15 first quarter run to have the head start with Arvin Gamboa, Johnny Pascua, and Mike Tabula, controlling the boards.
The Dope Squad, however, came back in the second canto to outscore the Volts, 28-22, and chip off the Voltz lead in a rally via Justine Garcia, Aaron Cabrera and Ryan Chloe, who hit a couple of three point shots and penetration in the shaded area. At the sound of the first half buzzer, the lead is down to just one point, 44-43.
A foul tainted second half ensued as both ball clubs were both in penalty situation making a closer battle that made the game pace slow down. The count was an almost even, 24-23, in favor of the Voltz, maintaining a two point lead, 68-66, after the third canto action.
The Dope Squad come out strong to control the boards in the fourth, taking advantage of the penalty situation that gutted the Voltz in the early minutes of play. The poured in 25 while limiting the Voltz to just 16 in the final canto to end the game, 91-82, in their favour and get back to number two position in the Y’ bracket.
Meanwhile, St. Andrews Publishing came back strong to win over Filambri in their match up to be back in the race for bracket Y’. Filambri had the game in their hands, leading the quarterscore count for each of the first to the third canto, 21-20,23-17, and 30-25, and lead by as much as twelve points at the end of the third quarter action, 74-62.
However, a game twist in the fourth quarter action changed the luck of St. Andrews with their guns ablaze, shooting 38 points and limiting Filambri to 21 points to take command of the game. Filambri tried giving up fouls that sent St. Andrews in the fifteen foot line to equalize the score but St. Andrews converted 18 of their attempts to bolstered the team to winning, 100-95, at the end of the fourth quarter action.
Other winners were: Oragano Gold 95 – Jumong 106, and Comelec beating Suntrust in a 111-103 win for the Bracket “A” elimination race.
By: BOBBY VINLUAN