TEAM Tomas Penus-Galorport cagers gave themselves a Christmas treat by way of beating defending champion Team Sumanga Duplexx, 71-62, to claim the R-ACE Cup 39-below title of the ongoing 2017 Ballpals Christmas League at Barangay 24 covered court, C here.
Alex Sabacdalao surprised everyone when he scored 20 points to lead Penus’ win also fortified by 12 markers each from Mart Mutya and Joel Palatan.
Sabacdalao turned to be Penus’ missing link in their Fiesta Conference final defeat to same opponent last season out.
In what billed as a grudge rematch, Penus and Duplex engaged in a closely-fought battle that ended in 45-all deadlock after the third quarter.
But Penus dribblers were able to put their acts together on both ends of the floor to outgun the wards of Baby James Cup MVP Joseph Sumanga in the final fourth quarter.
Austin Rome Mutya, seemingly intimidated by home court boy Rolly Ampong, delivered 19 points, but could not crack Penuz’ twin0digit lead down the stretch.
Team Madrigal settled for third place after nipping Team Galanida, 78-76.
On Saturday, December 23, the Bambi Emano Cup 40-up semis knockout matches will be played in the morning with the championship round to culminate in the afternoon, according to tournament commissioner Dodong Caballero.
Team Penus-Galorport 71—Sabacdalao 20, Mutya M. 12, Palatan 12, Parajes 11, Ampong 6, Mabanta 4, Del Castillo 3, Polinda 2, Caga 1, Penus 0, Ortega 0, Revilla 0.
Team Sumanga Duplexx 62—Mutya A. 17, Sumanga 12, Cabatuan 8, Abada 7, Remoto 6, Namok 3, Nunez 1, Cuchapin 0, Ramen 0.