AACI Trading and AACI Transport arranged a finals showdown in the Fil-Sino All Asian Countertrade Inc. first conference inter-company tournament at the Bacolod Tay Tung High School Po Hang Gym.
Both teams playing as of press time for the championship proved to be steadier in crunch time to hack out the semis victory.
Last Wednesday, No. 1 AACI Transport defeated No. 4 Jast Enterprises, 89-81 and No. 3 AACI Trading ousted JSY Transport, 85-73.
AACI Transport overcame an opening quarter 18-15 deficit to take the half 38-36 as Arnol Laureño powered his way in the lowpost with 12 points and was complemented by the outside shooting of Nico Yap against the trio of Franklyn Madrid, Beejay Paredes and Yan Yan Dy combining for 23 points in the first half for Jast.
Edward Uy and Chingsan Su conspired for 13 points as they spearheaded Jast in a nip and tuck battle even as Laureño continued to be a big thorn for Jast with nine quarter points as AACI kept a slim 60-59 lead going to the fourth quarter.
Even as Joel Masadia, Madrid and Yan Yan Dy conspired for 22 Jast points in the payoff quarter their effort fell short as they could not crack the defensive wall of the AACI Transport triple tower combination of Laureño, Pao Pao Lim and Romar Desusa, who combined for 20 points.
Laureño had a game-high 30 points, Lim added 12 points, Clarence Quingco and Tubby Villanueva scored eight points apiece, Desusa picked up seven points, and Mark Binguan contributed six points.
Dy paced Jast with 20 points, Madrid made 19 points, and Paredes shot 10 points.
In the curtain raiser, JSY Transport was successful in limiting the high scoring Robbie Jalando-on to four first quarter points, but his teammate Keith Banzon step up with a surprising 14 points as AACI Trading took the opening quarter 26-23 even as Carlo Chu fired 12 points for JSY Transport.
Jeremy Coo contributed eight points to extend the lead at the break, 46-33.
Carlo Chu scored 11 points to rally JSY Transport and drew closer at 62-61 even as Jalando-on and Deonyson Dy combined for 13 points for Trading.
JSY Transport could not sustain its momentum as their offense sputtered at the wrong time while Jalando-on fired eight points and Danny Boy Uy fired back to back treys that proved to be the back breaker as AACI Trading sealed a finals seat. (with reports from Stephen Tan)