O. 3 AACI Trading and No. 4 Jast Enterprises ousted their lesser seeded opponents with first half offensive spurt in the quarterfinals knockout stage of the Fil-Sino All Asian Countertrade Inc. first conference inter-company tournament played last Monday at the Bacolod Tay Tung High School Po Hang Gym.
AACI Trading routed Basecom 104-84 in the nightcap before Jast Enterprises survived a fourth quarter meltdown to beat JSY Countertrade 80-70.
Jast Enterprises was way ahead in the first half 46-21 as Yan Yan Dy scored 11 points while Franklyn Madrid, Beejay Paredes and Jolly Castillo combined for 20 points. Bol Manaloto was the lone bright sport for JSY with nine points.
Leaving nothing to chance, Jast continued to dominate JSY with a commanding 70-38 advantage going to the fourth quarter as Dy again starred for Jast with nine points.
JSY woke up from its slumber and launched a last ditch rally behind Jappy Cuaycong’s 12 points with support from Daniel Ong and Mark Velez six points each. But the gallant stand by JSY fell short as they can only slice 22 points from the lead of Jast.
AACI Trading had a blazing start behind Robbie Jalando-on 15 points and Keith Banzon ten points for a 31-20 opening quarter lead. Dr. Emil Guanzon scored nine points for Basecom.
Ritchie Militante scored 14 of the 18 points for Basecom but AACI Trading had too much offense to show as Brian Coo, Luigi Coo, Danny Boy Uy and Jeremy Coo hit ten, nine, eight and seven points, respectively for a commanding 67-38 lead at the half.
Basecom outscored AACI in the last two quarters but it hardly mattered as AACI Trading pulled away with a 20 points victory. (With reports from Stephen Tan)