KCS beats ARQ-KSB to take solo lead in Cebu City Charter Cup

KCS guard Harold Cincoflores tries to escape the defense of ARQ-KSB’s Manny Gabas. / Amper Campaña

THE Kiboy’s Computer Solutions (KCS) came alive in the second canto to take down the ARQ Builders-KSB Glass, 88-80, and grab the solo lead in the standings of the Mayor Edgardo C. Labella 1st Charter Cup Basketball Tournament at the Cebu City Sports Institute on Friday night, February 21, 2020.

Down by as much as 13 points, KCS turned things around in the third canto which they started with a 12-2 run to take a 52-46 lead. University of the Visayas standouts Ted Saga and Gabriel Cometa connived with Ian Ortega, Edrian Lao and Vincent Minguito on that telling run that put KCS in front for good.

A three-pointer by Saga and a free-throw by Lao kept KCS ahead by 11, 80-69, with 4:32 to go in the game but ARQ-KSB fought back to within six, 75-81, time down to 3:14. But KCS answered with a jumper by Melvin Butohan, an alley-oop bucket by Joshua dela Cerna and a triple by Harold Cincoflores to put them ahead by 13, 88-75, and seal the win.

Minguito led KCS with 14 points and eight rebounds while Saga also had 14 markers to go with five boards, three assists and a remarkable six steals. Lao chipped in 13 while Cincoflores and Butohan had 12 points apiece.

KCS now leads the pack with a 4-0 win-loss record while ARQ-KSB dropped to 3-1 and into a tie with Fighter 50, which outlasted ASPA in overtime, 88-85.

The youthful Dondon Hontiveros came alive against ASPA as he tallied 28 points highlighted by seven makes from beyond the three-point arc. He added eight rebounds, two assists and three steals. Another ageless wonder, Danny Aying, added 16 points.

Jaybie Mantilla and Beanick Sealana added 12 markers each, with the former Cesafi MVP also snatching 12 rebounds and issuing six dimes.

In the opening game of the triple-header, Athalia One on One nabbed its first win in four games after beating LM Paragsa, 91-82. Steve Castro paced the winning side with 22 points, four rebounds and seven assists.

LM Paragsa remains winless in four tries. (JNP)


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