THE Yarda 8 Restobar/G&S Development Corp./Asahi defeated Mr. Kokio/Shakey’s Heineken, 81-76 as Province of Negros Occidental-Cobra Original held off Madz-Beer na Beer, 95-90 in the ongoing Fil-Sino Asia Brewery Invitational Cup at Bacolod Tay Tung High School gym.
Both Yarda 8 Restobar/G&S Devt Corp. and Mr. Kokio/Shakey’s played to a 26-all even in the opening quarter but, the former took the lead at the half, 44-37 as Jeff Maningo and JR Fernandez delivered six points apiece.
Mr. Kokio/ Shakey’s behind its balance offense grabbed the lead 61-60 going into the 4th quarter. However, Yarda 8 eventually overtook the lead and sealed the win.
Jehu Ayagan spearheaded Yarda with 18 points as Fernandez backstopped with 17 points while Jed Soriano produced 16 points, and Maningo hit eight points.
Meanwhile, Vince Yulo finished with 19 points for Mr. Kokio as Jan Villaroman added 12 points while Richard Caberte and Kenji Cajicas combined for 14 points.
In the other match, the Province of Negros Occidental established a double digit lead at the break, 46-29 behind Ronald de la Cruz’s 12 points.
After almost an even 3rd quarter for both teams, Madz made its move in the payoff quarter behind its 9 triples and fastbreak attacks led by Reylan Ronzales with 13 points, Brian Paypon 11 points, and Marlon Somodio with 8 markers for a 42-point quarter production but, fell short to the Province of Negros Occidental as it countered with their best quarter game with a balance offensive led by Peewee Demonteverde with 14 points.
De La Cruz scored 26 points to lead the Province of Negros Occidental as Demonteverde added 19 points.
Paypon, on the other hand, finished with 16 points as Somodio has 12 points.