The Prodigals got off to a promising new year, outlasting the previously undefeated Cordillera Career Development College, 88-80, last Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at the San Jose gym, Poblacion, La Trinidad, Benguet. This win improve their record to 7-3 and enabled them to enter the conversation on who will get the top two semifinal slots in Season 2 of the Laity’s Cup.
Brent Esteban is just a point shy of his fourth 50 point performance, firing 49 points to led the Prodigals. It was a close game for the first three quarters, with CCDC a lead of no more than four at the end of each quarter, 61-57, at the end of the third. Brent Esteban then fired 14, along with the four each of Jake Biray, Rusty Bigo, and Russell Aweran to drop a 27-19 bomb and ice the game.
The Prodigals have yet to met the Joseans although they previously lost to the Brethren, 88-79, last November 6. The admirals suffered their first defeat in eight games. They were led by Kurt Panagan with 30 points including four from three point area.
In the other game, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and Friends routed the Knights of Columbus, 88-66, to climb to seventh place. John Fernandez scored 28 and Robinson Paleng added 26 to led the Legislators. SPO went on a 23-12 tear in the first quarter to establish the big cushion and coasted the rest of the way for their sixth win in 11 games.
The Knights, who were missing Nico Caliging, were led by Ruel Banco with 22 an Jestin Nazzaro with 18.
SPO and Friends 88: Fernandez 28; Paleng 26; Palaez 10; Tiangge 8; Lingon 6; Pacuyan 4; Ticbayan 4; Bolislis 2.
Knights of Columbus 66: Banco 22; Nazzaro 18; Cabilan 16; Remolacio, Nestor 6; Remolacio, Noel 4; Calinging, Bonnie; Jimeno, Rolando.
Quarter scores: 23-12; 41-28; 65-46; 88-66.
Prodigals 84: Esteban 49; Bigo 18; Biray 6; Potpotan 5; Aweran 4; Maranes 2.
CCDC 80: Panagan 30; Apegano 15; Bongcato 13; Diaz 12; Bernal 8; Fernando 2; Lacaden; Beniasan.
Quarter scores: 25-28, 39-41, 57-61, 84-80.