Scribes escape SBP in exhibition game-A A +A
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
BAGUIO media overcame a fourth quarter meltdown to eke out a 64-62 victory against the fighting Samahang Basketball Pangkalikasan executives in an exhibition game Sunday at the Sanitary Camp covered courts.
The scribes bungled a 19 point edge at the start of the payoff quarter but none the less made up their miscues in the final two minute of the ball game on a 7- 2 run anchored by DzWT’s Kerby Rillera.
It was an almost déjà vu for the media after bungling a 16 point lead in their game against the PNP Cordillera during their dual meet in a 80-74 loss two weeks ago.
Rillera finished with 13 points, pouring six of his seven points in the last two minute frame of the ball game after the SBP executives posted a 58-62 lead with 1:37 remaining.
Beneco board of director Micheal Lawana conspired with BGH punong barangay Onin Garcia and Sanitary Camp’s Monfred Bilibli for that searing fourth quarter to after trailing mostly in the ball game after an 11 all count way back in the first quarter.
That proved to be the last hurrah for the barangay chiefs with the scribes finally getting their acts together to tie the ball game at 62 all with a free throw coming from Sky Cable’s Migs Velarde.
Rillera then scooped another deuce for the mediamen in the ensuing play after a miss by the SBP heads to put them atop, 64-62 with 22 seconds remaining.
The SBP heads had a chance to win the ball game but Bilibli missed the rim from the three point territory for the game winning basket as time expired.
ABS-CBN’s Doddie Mendillo finished with a game high 16 points while Bombo Radyo’s Jordan Tablac chipped in 12 despite fouling it out the ball game with six minutes left in the ball game as Velarde added 11.
“This game will just be some of the exhibition games we will be playing for us to develop our camaraderie with our sources,” Velarde said.
Lawana topbilled the SBP heads with 14 points while Garcia and Bilibli chipped in 13 and 10 points each.
The mediamen actually led at the close of the first period with a 25-19 edge before pummeling the SBP heads with a 43-24 lead at halftime.
The SBP heads, down by 19 at the start of fourth period, 49-30, unleashed a searing 32-9 run to momentarily steal the lead at 58-62. (Roderick Osis)
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 31, 2012.