TEAM Rourke, coming from a hairline 73-72 victory over Statham, surprised the streaking Schwarzenegger of playing coach Arvin Martinez, 69-61, on Sunday’s double-header of the First Roldan Lagbas Cup basketball tournament.
This, as Team Lundgren survived the spirited effort of the Angel Dollente-led Stallone to come up with a hard-earned 69-61 win in the every Sunday afternoon Subokin inter-color hoopfest at the backcourt of Xavier University.
“Mora’g kami na ang mo-champion ini kay napilde man namo ang kusog,” joked Erwin Raagas, who along with James Timonera, formed the towering Rourke’s formidable frontline.
With Raagas and Timonera manning the middle, the foursome of Ephem Dahilan, Bentoy Torres, Jawo Demecillo and Vicente Alfonso all scored in double-digit numbers to neutralize the seven 3-pointers fired alone by Elden Martinez as Wawang Labuntog and Marco Sabal chipped in 11 points each.
It was down-the-wire right from the start as BB James Abucejo, Stev Panaz, Jun Pong, Leif Velez and Joey Fernandez carried the fight for Stallone, though the fivesome of Jan Babiera, Ranz Ostrea, Jing Daba, Samboy Uy and Khass Navales prevailed in the end for Lundgren’s cause, 70-63.
Lundren came from a heart-breaking 64-65 loss to the Ernesto Tagarda-powered Van Damme before its pulsating duel with the still winless Stallone.
“Mobawi na lang `ta sa sunod nga mga dula kay available na ko ana,” Stallone’s inside force Buchok Biongcog told his team, via Facebook interaction, on Monday.
“I think makadula na pud atong big man (Bingbong Padilla) sa next round ug ang uban pa nato nga dagko,” Abucejo said.
Team Rourke 69—Dahilan 20, Torres 16, Demecillo 13, Alfonso 11, Raagas 6, Timonera 4, Madjos 3, Pagute 0, Lagbas T. 0, Valdehueza R. 0, Lazaro 0, Buot J. 0, Uy M. 0, Pajaron 0, Yana M. 0.
Schwarzenegger 61—Martinez E. 22, Labuntog 11, Sabal M. 11, Martinez A. 6, Lagbas T. 3, Martinez B. 3, Mercado J. 2, Yacapin C. 0, Limocon 0, Lagbas B. 0, San Jose 0, Gaccion 0, Galarion 0, Ubay-Ubay 0, Puertas 0.
Lundgren 70—Babiera 17, Ostrea R. 15, Daba J. 15, Uy S. 13, Navales K. 10, Lim 0, Go 0, Simon 0, Poblete 0, Javier 0, Tongco B. 0, Daba W. 0, Bautista 0, Gue 0, Beja 0.
Stallone 63—Abucejo J. 15, Salgados 14, Velez L. 12, Pong 10, Fernandez J. 6, Madraga 4, Dollente 2, Alfante 0, Montenegro 0, Biongcog B. 0, Dawal 0, Casino C. 0, Padilla B. 0, Yana M. 0, Reyes J. 0.