CCRO takes solo lead; SP, GSO stamp rivals-A A +A
Friday, February 22, 2013
THE City Civil Registrar's Office (CCRO) defeated the City Treasurer's Office (CTO), 103–95, on Wednesday afternoon to grab the solo lead of the current category A team standings of the ongoing 76th Araw ng Dabaw-Dachea Basketball Tournament at the Almendras Gym Davao City Recreation Center.
The City Council and General Services Office (GSO) also pulled off lopsided wins in the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas-sanctioned cagefest.
Stamping its class at all front, the rejuvenated SP clobbered the City Administrator's Office, 107–87, while GSO demolished City Mayor's Office (CMO), 110–76.
Rommel Barot came through with 37 points as CCRO prevailed in the battle of the heavyweights that put them on top with a 4–0, win-loss slate. Michael Baste helped the cause for CCRO, finishing the game with 23 baskets.
Tom Miranda scored 29 points for CTO, which absorbed its first loss in four games. Randy Alfeche had 23 markers. CCRO and CTO, considered title contenders this year, both entered the game with similar three-game winning streak.
Itching to keep pace with the teams on top, SP won two straight games after bowing down to CTO last week to hang on in the final four race.
Two days after exploding 58 points (14 triples), Christopher “Bong” Go scattered game-high 37 points, including five triples, to lead SP cop its third win in five outings.
Greggy Delica and Roy Bangkas made 19 and 14 points, respectively, for SP that handed City Admin its third straight defeat.
Melchor Gadiano paced City Admin with 15 baskets.
Behind the superb showing of Rodel Bantilan and Rusel Venus, GSO clinched its second straight win at the expense of the win-less CMO side.
Bantilan and Venus combined for 58 points, making 30 and 28 points, respectively, for GSO which got back in the groove after losing its opening game.
RG Mendoza had 14 points for CMO, which lost four games in a row.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 23, 2013.