Manila Light downs Colt; Nestea remains undefeated

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Friday, February 21, 2014


MANILA Light squeaked by Colt 45 70-69 while Nestea Iced Tea remains undefeated with five straight wins downing Synchrotek- Summit 92-84 in the Fil-Sino Asia Brewery Inc. at the Bacolod Tay Tung High School Po Hang Gym.

Toffel Tan knocked down a free throw with two seconds left to complete the Manila Light come from behind victory.

Manila Light clinging on a two point lead had some anxious moment when Tan missed four straight free throws and Colt 45 Joseph Tiu made his free throws to tie the game.

Tan looking to redeem himself drove strong to the basket and got fouled. After making his first free throw, he intentionally missed the second free throw so that Colt 45 could not use its remaining timeout.

Manila Light was facing a double digit deficit at the break 37-26 as the trio of Tiu, Japet Cua and Siopao Dichavez combined for 29 points, Tan and Bobet Ganaban had 10 and seven points respectively for Light.

Ganaban and Arian Chua scored six points each to cut the deficit to 45-51 going to the fourth quarter.

Tan, Ganaban and Biboy Yap conspired for Manila Light’s best quarter output to rally past Colt 45 even as Cua scored eight points and Dichavez hit six points but were not enough to counter the uprising.

Ganaban and Tan shared scoring honors for Manila Light with 18 points apiece, Yap added 14 points, Chua contributed nine points, and Chipeng Uy with six points.

Cua and Dichavez fired 22 points each in a losing cause, Tiu picked up 14 points, and Jerky Ong with six points.

Meanwhile in Class A action, Nestea reversed a 45-43 halftime deficit to a 73-62 advantage going to the fourth quarter as eight players scored for Nestea led by Carlo Chu and RB Chua eight and five points respectively. GIan Reyes scored seven points for Synchrotek.

Scott Salvacion and Reyes combined for 13 points to outscore Nestea in the payoff quarter but their effort fell short as Nestea absorbed their blow with a balance offensive output led by Yan Yan Dy and Arnol Laureño five points apiece.

RB Chua paced Nestea with 19 points with 12 points delivered in the first quarter, backstopped by Carlo Chu 17 points, Laureño 13 points, Yan Yan Dy 12 points, Arvin Gustilo 10 points, and Marc Lo seven points.

Reyes finished with 20 points, Salvacion added 14 points, Jovito Sayson and CJ Lacson fired 12 points each, Daniel Ong and Jappy Cuaycong eight points apiece. (With reports from Stephen Tan)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on February 21, 2014.

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