QUEEN of Peace Parish snatched the victory from the jaws of defeat as it survived over Batch 2009, 93-92 while Phoenix 99/2k turned back Batch 1996/97/98, 67-58 in the ongoing 3rd SJI Alumni Basketball Friendship Cup played at the Msgr. John B. Liu Activities Center.
With 1.7 seconds remaining, QPP John Dustin Chua inbounded from the backcourt and issued a long pass to Ritche Militante positioned near the top of the key of the free throw line. Militante crowded by 2 players was able to tap the ball to a waiting Rey Pandoro in the shaded area and banked the shot as the buzzer sounded.
Overconfident QPP with a 15-points lead with 7 minutes remaining decided to play some of their role players and almost regretted their decision as Richard Uy and Kevin Ramos nailed the last 15 pts. of Batch 2009. Uy made 2 free throws with 1.7 sec. remaining to grab its 1st lead in the 2nd half.
In the quarter Militante had 13 pts. and Pandoro with 6 pts. while Uy and Ramos fired 12 pts. apiece.
QPP led the half 43-37 behind Msgr Noly Que 11 pts. Neil Pabillo 7 pts. while Albert Diwatin and Leo Tenerife had 6 pts. apiece.
Michael Gochangco contributed 10, Uy with 8 and Eric Go had 6 pts. for Batch 2009.
Msgr. Que and Militante shared scoring honors for QPP with 13 pts. apiece, Sagongdong with 10, Rey Pandoro 9, Hecita 8, Pabillo 7 pts., Diwatin and Tenerife with 6 pts each.
Five players scored in double figures for 2009 led by Uy and Ramos with 23 and 22 pts., respectively, Go with 14, Gochangco and Diolaso with 10 pts. apiece.
On the other hand, in the 1st game Paolo Li was unstoppable in the 1st quarter as he netted 16 pts. outscoring the team of Batch 97/98/99 for a 22-12 lead.
Both teams managed to score 14 pts. in the 2nd quarter as Phoenix remained on top at 36-26 at the break as Phoenix Rhett Demontverde and Jason Yap combined for 11 pts. while Daniel Tan had 5 pts. for Batch 97/98/99.
Phoenix extended the lead in the 3rd quarter 53-38 as Phoenix had a balance offense led by John Lee with 8 pts., equalizing 96/97/98 Robert Uysang with 8 pts output.
Batch 96/97/98 Tim Garrucho scored 10 of his teams 12 pts. at one stretch, but Phoenix’s balanced offense led by Demonteverde and Eduardo Ng were just enough to seal the victory.
Backstopping the 18 pts. by Paolo Li were Demonteverde with 11 pts., john lee 8 pts., , Jason Yap 5.
Batch 96/97/98 was led by Garrucho who fired13 pts., Uysang added 12, Dino Tongco 9, Bitoy Yee 6, Daniel Tan and Arvin Chua with 5 pts. apiece. (Jerome S. Galunan Jr./with Stephen Tan)