Goldstar Hardware stuns defending champs, 75-66-A A +A
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
A THIRD quarter surge sparked by five triples lifted Goldstar Hardware's shocking 75-66 win over defending champion The Royal Mandaya Hotel-City Mayor's Office (TRMH-CMO), which was beefed up by boxing superstar Sarangani Cong. Manny Pacquiao and seven-footer Greg Slaughter, at the Almendras Gym Davao City Recreation Center that was filled to the rafters Sunday night.
Fans raved and cheered for Pacquiao who made four points in the first quarter as the second day of eliminations of the Mayor Rody and Vice Mayor Pulong Duterte Kadayawan Basketball Invitational Tournament resumed.
But the boxing hero's presence was not enough to boost the Miguel Solitaria-coached TRMH-CMO squad which was up 38-36 at the half but became helpless as the Ice Gravador-mentored Goldstar Hardware fired five consecutive triples in the third period.
Leo Avenido instigated the coup, burying three triples as teammates Alvin Pasaol and Leomer Losentes chipped in one trey each for Goldstar Hardware to snatch a 61-52 lead going into the fourth canto.
TRMH-CMO players, meanwhile, could not get their acts together having succumbed to crucial errors and costly turnovers allowing Goldstar Hardware to keep the momentum, 64-54, in the last six minutes and 37 seconds of the game.
A triple by Cebuano Mark Magsumbol, however, gave TRMH-CMO a glimmer of hope to stage a rally but his teammates Jamelle Cornley and Greg Slaughter were just not up to it as both players wasted their opportunities to score.
Magsumbol and Calaguio drilled in back-to-back three-pointers in the last two minutes but they could no longer keep up with their rival team that leaned on Wade, Losentes, Riel Cervantes and PBA D-League Cagayan Valley Rising Suns' Eliud Poligrates who accomplished their mission: improve their chances for a finals seat.
Gravador said in vernacular, "We were just lucky but it was really an upset. We can't be complacent though. We still need to win against Montaña to enter the finals without complications."
Gravador said Montaña is a strong and cohesive team, working as one unit.
TRMH-CMO coach Solitaria said no one is to be blamed for their loss.
"It's hard to point fingers as to who played well and who didn't. We win as a team and we lose as a team. We just didn't play well," Solitaria said in text messages to Sun.Star Davao Monday.
Wade finished with 18 points including three triples while Avenido and Losentes added 17 and 16, respectively, for Goldstar Hardware.
Chris Calaguio made 12 points for Christopher "Bong" Go-managed TRMH-CMO. Cornley, who buried 30 points in the team's 77-70 win over Montaña Pawnshop, was limited to six. Mark Andaya had eight and Chester Tolomia with seven.
In the other game, Montaña bounced back from its debut loss by beating Omega Pain Killer of Cebu, 73-69, as black import Arnold Noah sank 23, Arnold Adormeo with 14 and Edgar Awitin 13. Omega's top scorers Jerry Holoyohoy and Emmanuel Callo combined for 30.
Last elimination games were set Monday evening, pitting Glenn and Gerome Escandor-owned TRMH-CMO against Omega Pain Killer and Goldstar Hardware against Montaña Pawnshop.
The battle for third is set at 5:30 p.m. today followed by the campionship match between the top two teams after the three-day elims of the cagefest sanctioned by Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) regional director Regino "Boy" Cua.
At stake is P100,000 for the champion while the next three squads will receive P60,000, P40,000 and P30,000 in the annual tournament backed up by the City Government of Davao through the Sports Development Division of the City Mayor's Office.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 20, 2013.