THE reigning champions Tatay Rudy’s got their title defense off to a scintillating start, as they demolished the Fresh Legs, 82-49, in the University of the Philippines Cebu Alumni Basketball League Season 2 on Sept. 16, 2023 at the Sacred Heart Center gym, Cebu City.

Tatay Rudy’s, which Chooks to Go backs, started on a good note and led 24-11, before settling for a 33-17 halftime lead. The third canto was where they put the pedal to the metal and outscored their foes, 29-12, to erect a massive 62-29 lead heading to the last period.

Ryan Miro led the way for Tatay Rudy’s with 21 points.

In other games, last season’s runners-up, the Duggies, got past the U.P. Legends, 61-57. Pat del Rosario had 21 points to power the Duggies to the hard-fought win.

The Young Lethals also carved out an easy 70-58 win over the U.P. Icons, as Eric Perpetua sizzled for 22 points.

And lastly, the DosMil routed the Emmanuelites, 61-48, with Giovanni Taok pacing the winning side with 17 markers. / JNP