SJI Milo Team had another inspired performance as it registered an 89-81 win against Batch 2001/02, while SJI High School Varsity Batch overwhelmed Batch 1996/97/98 with a 92-69 decision in the 3rd SJI Alumni Basketball Friendship Cup at the Msgr. John B. Liu Activities Center.

It was a battle between two centers in the second quarter as Ralph Ong of Batch 2001/02 bullied his way in the paint to score 12 points, while Milo's center, the athletic Zoey Pandan delivered 16 points, including two triples to carry his team on to, 45-40, at halftime.

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The Milo team also got big contributions from Kirrel Branhdon Montalbo and Juan Diego Montoya in the first half while scoring support for Batch 2001/02 came from Ton Ton Chua and Jiles Barredo.

Toper Co and Kenneth De Leon conspired to keep a double digit lead for Milo early in the third quarter but Robert Jun Genovea fired 11 points in the quarter with brother Robert Vincent Genovea playing aggressively in the shaded area to help Batch 2001/02 cut the deficit to 63-60.

Ton Ton Chua and Guevarra layups plus a three-point play Robert Jun Genovea tied the game at 67-all at the 6:28 mark. RJ Genovea scored another three-point play for another deadlock at 74-all.

A Pandan layup and two free throw with a De Leon steal and layup gave Milo a 80-74 lead with 2:45 left. Still, Batch 2001/02 remained within striking distance with Ralph Ong's three-point play that cut the lead to three points.

Another putback from Ong with 42.2 seconds left cut the lead to four points at 85-81 but Montalbo and Toper Co managed to ice the contest from the free throw line.

Pandan finished with 20 points while Montalbo scattered 19 markers from the winning Milo squad, while Ralph Ong led Batch 2001/02 scorers with Ralph Ong 20 points.

Meanwhile, SJI Juniors Varsity relied on a barrage of three-pointers to register its fourth straight win and continue to dominate the alumni teams.

SJI Juniors Ramil Calangan capped a 22-point game with six triples, while Montinola shot 14 points, including four treys, Jaime Luis Sy delivered three treys, and Sean Nicolas Weehansuh and Marcelino Tan finished with nine points each with a rainbow shot under their names.

Tim Garrucho had a gamehigh 24 points for Batch 97/97/98, backstopped by Dino Tongco with 19 points.

Games today pit QPP and Team 2K at 6:30 p.m., followed by the game between Dynamic Metals 2006/07/08 against The Legends in the second game. (With reports from Stephen Tan)