JOEMEL Garrido shines as PD888 Handy Fix turned back Red phoenix 101-89 while Toyota Bacolod CSAB held off Globe Asiatique La Salle 89 81 in the 10th Tan Kek Pin Memorial Basketball Cup at TTHS Po Hang Gym, Bacolod City.
Garrido paced three other PD888 players in double digits with 32 points. Johnson Salazar delivered 19 points while Rene Divinagracia, Arnold Laureño and Stanley Tizon had 15, 14 and 8 respectively. Ariston Sillana spearheaded Red Phoenix offense with 29 points.
Pressure defense and quick traps plus good motion offense execution kept Red Phoenix in the game against the potent PD888 inside outside offensive sets.
Handy Fix took the first half behind Garrido 19 points and Salazar 7 points Sillana, Sammy Belangel and Jerald Abrot delivered 13, 8 and 7 points, respectively for Red Phoenix.
Salazar and Laureño with 8 and 6 points spearheaded PD888 offense to keep the lead in the 3rd quarter at 67-63 even as Sillana continued to shine with 10 points and Nestor Mioten scored all of his 7 points in the quarter.
PD888 Stanley Tizon hit back to back treys in the final canto, but Abrot, Sillana and Brian Coo answered to tie the count at 74 all.
After Sammy Belangel hit a triple to give Phoenix their last lead at 84-83, PD888 stifled the offense of Red Phoenix by employing a physical defense on the key players of Red Phoenix.
Garrido touched off a telling 8-0 run with 6 points that had the PD888 scampering to a 91-84 advantage with 1:50 left.
After Phoenix Ryan Gamboa hit a 3 to cut the lead to 4. Divinagracia and Salazar sealed the victory for PD-888 with a 10-2 closing quarter run.
Backstopping Sillana were contributions from Abrot with 20 points, Belangel 11, Gamboa 9, Mioten 7, Pelingon 6, and Brian Coo 5.
The lead shifted back and forth for La Salle and CSAB in the first quarter with La Salle taking a 21-18 lead as La Salle Rodgi Gelasan matched the output of CSAB Jun Jun Lastimosa with 8 points.
In the second quarter after Nico Lopingco hit a trey to give La Salle a 35-34 lead.
CSAB reeled off 10 straight points behind the 2 triple of Jun Jun Lastimosa and free throws by Javen Jacob to take a 44-35 lead with 1:35 left. A Gelasan trey and Darryl Alegora putback drew La Salle closer at halftime 46-40.
Two baskets by Jornel Laborte and a Marfil Gaitan ft gave Toyota its biggest lead in the game at 60-49 at the 4:50 mark in the third quarter. Eman Badillo scored on two-set shots for La Salle to cut the lead to 7, but Jacob scored the last 5 points for Toyota to keep the lead for CSAB at 67-61.
In the final canto Gifter Gigje layup made it 72-66 for Toyota. Loi Miraflores bank shot and a three-point play by Gelasan cut the lead to 72-71 at the 6:50 mark. Laborte and Destine Javelona fts sandwiched a Gelasan layup restored the lead back to 4. La Salle was able to tie it at 78 all with 2:55 left behind Baydo fts and Kevin Villafranca layup.
Lastimosa’s two layups and Laborte putback gave Toyota CSAB some breathing room at 85-79 with 42 seconds left. CSAB Mario Aguilar made 2 steals and an offensive rebound during the 6-1 run. La Salle can only add 2 ft to their tally even as Gaitan added 2 more fts for Toyota for the final count.
Lastimosa sizzled with 27 points, Laborte powered his way to 22 points, Gaitan and Jacob chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively and Aguilar and Javelona had 5 points apiece.
Gelasan finished with 21 points for Globe Asiatique, Baydo added 15, Scot Salvacion 9, Miraflores and Badillo 8 each, Vilafranca 7, and Lopingco 6.
PD888 Handy Fix and Toyota Bacolod CSAB are tied atop the standing at 3-0, Province of Negros Occidental is at 2-1, La Salle 1-3, UNO-R 0-2 and Red Phoenix 0-3.
Games Monday at Tay Tung high School Po Hang Gym 1st game D’Twins/RCA will play Bapro 2nd game Filsino Selection goes up against Pag-Ibig Fund while in Nompac gym Class C action features Johann Kendrick against Spaghetti House in the 1st game while Terra Dolce vs Cebu Sendai in the 2nd game. 1st game starts at 7 p.m. and 2nd game will start at 8:30 p.m.