Condura stops Syntax-A A +A
Saturday, September 28, 2013
CONDURA debuted with a stunning, 94-82 victory over Syntax on Wednesday in the Sharp Cup-Basketball Unified Sports Group intercolor at the JGC gym at Goldenfields Complex Bacolod City.
The shortest squad among four contenders relied on the speed of Ariel Tornilla and Digol Benedicto and court savvy of Rex Bayer, Vic Duenas, and Tanker Habaradas.
The quintet surprised Syntax as Tornilla churned in 16 points, Benedicto added 15, Duenas and Habaradas added 12 apiece, and Bayer has 9. Tornilla and Benedicto waxed hot and outran the other Huskies in the third passerelle quarter and maintained its momentum in the second half.
Armando Soberano, Buddy Occeno, Toto Plagata, and Raymundo Sapa contributed at both ends to offset its height disadvantage.
Syntax, unable to use its ceiling, went to Bert Celis who struggled with 15 points, Ben Alvarez scored 11 mostly inside while Johann Belandres and Ding Hechanova chipped in 10 for a losing cause.
Sammy Penado and Romelo Herrera combined for 12 markers manning the backcourt as Syntax missed their tall men and outside shooters. The TV Makers inched closer early in the fourth but the Ref Makers shifted to high gear and were never threatened the rest of the way.
Condura now joins Sanyo in the win column as teams switch opponents next week.
Tournament format is a double round elimination, crossover semifinal and knockout final. System is a 3-quarter passerelle with seven minutes each in the first half.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 28, 2013.