HUMINOVA Tigers continue its climb for a quarterfinals slot by holding off Royal Star Trading 79-66 and Basecom clinched an important victory in their last outing by upsetting top seeded Jast Enterprises, 82-73 in the Fil-Sino All Asian Countertrade Inc. 1st conference Inter-Company tournament Monday at the Bacolod Tay Tung High School Po Hang gym.

The Tigers (3-4) are facing AACI Trading (4-2) as of press time with the Tigers looking to tie Basecom for the last quarter slot and AACI Trading trying to move up for the top two automatic semi finals slot.

The Tigers roared past Royal Star in the opening quarter 31-8 as Brian Tan, Roger Montalbo and Brian Ong combined for 23 points.

Rick de los Santos fired 10 points and Glin Ortaliz had six points as the Tigers extended the lead by halftime at 55-28. Monroe Chua and Johann Villanueva tried in vain to stop the rout with 12 and 6 points, respectively for Royal.

Royal Star started to come alive in the third quarter with a balance offensive led by Monroe Chua six points as they cut the deficit to 65-48.

Johann Villanueva, Devin Vilacruz, and Chua were opportunistic with their fastbreak attacks as they conspired to cut the lead to 11 points twice in the game, but the Tigers kept their composure and relied on defense to thwart the momentum of Royal.

De los Santos topscored for the Tigers with 16 points, Leonard Kilayko added 13 points, Montalbo picked up 12 points, Ortaliz and RB Chua scored 11 points each.

Monroe Chua sizzled with 26 points in a losing cause, Villanueva contributed 20 points, Villacruz scored 10 points, and Eduardo Ng, six points.

Basecom’s hustle in the opening quarter produced easy opportunities in the offensive end for their guards Chief Supt. Adonis Rosales and Kerwin Guillon combined for 18 points to rule the first quarter 27-14.

DK Equipaje, Jolly Castillo, Derek Sibug, and Yan Yan Dy chopped the lead to 44-39 at halftime even as Japet Cua had nine points for Basecom.

Jast continued to inch closer on Basecom 58-56 setting up a down the wire finish going to the fourth quarter.

But Basecom with their backs against the wall played inspired ball with Richard Co and Rosales taking turns in hitting their perimeter jumpers for eight points apiece while Ritchie Militante added six points in the shaded area to end their elimination round at 4-4 and hurting the chances of Jast Enterprises 5-2 for a top two automatic slot.

Rosales paced Basecom with 18 points, Co sunk 16 points, Guillon made 12 points, Japet Cua and Militante contributed 11 points apiece.

Jast Enterprises at 5-2 was led by Frank Madrid 14 points, Masadia and Sibug picked up 10 points apiece, Yan Yan Dy and Equipaje delivered nine points each and Beejay Paredes had seven points. (With reports from Stephen Tan)