Cokaliong bails out Shell 80s with 8 triples-A A +A
Friday, March 15, 2013
SHELL ‘80s banked on an 8-0 blitz in the closing minutes of the contest to repulse the gritty JV Shop n Shop ‘97, 69-64, in the Cebu Eastern College Alumni Basketball Association’s 12th Dr. Chen Lieh Fu Memorial Cup last Thursday night at the City Sports Club-Cebu gym.
Streak-shooter Chester Cokaliong fired eight triples of his game-high 25 points as Shell ‘80’s notched its eighth straight win and ninth overall in 11 games. He also had one assist, one rebound and two steals, including a crucial one off Bryan Harry Labus in the dying seconds that helped stall a comeback attempt by Class ‘97.
It was the ever productive Joel Chan, however, who saved the day for Class ‘80s in the face of a spirited challenge by Class ‘97 with his crucial hits in the windup.
Chan finished with 11 points, spotlighted by two meaningful baskets within the five-minute zone of the game that bailed Class ‘80 out of danger.
Trailing by three points, 61-64, Chan converted two straight shots underneath the basket off a nifty assist by Wilson Yu to put Class ‘80 on top for good, 66-64. It was a truly perfect play designed by coach Edito Salacut in that instance, using Chester Cokaliong as a decoy to break down Class ‘97’s defensive stance. Stephen Tan then went 3-of-4 from the foul line to seal the deal for Class ‘80s.
Chan also grabbed nine rebounds, dished out the same number of assists and had three steals, while S. Tan contributed nine markers, eight rebounds and two steals. Wilson Yu scored only five but had seven rebounds, three assists and two steals for Class ‘80s, which had to work extra hard after losing a seven-point lead at halftime, 40-33.
Class ‘80s was still ahead by six points after three quarters, 55-49, but Class ‘97’s charged back with finesse in the windup to wrest the driver’s seat, 59-61, on a basket by Aubrey Jones Ibones. Class ‘97 was on top for the last time at 64-61 as the exuberant Class ‘80s iced the match with eight straight points. (PR)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 16, 2013.