Sanchez, Hengania lead teams to thrilling wins

WHILE the event surely made the late Roldan Lagbas happy, Metrobank players PJ Sanchez and Janjan Hengania shone as the brightest stars in the first ever Subokin Expendables All Star Games held last Saturday (July 25) at the Xavier University gym here.

It was victory and defeat breaking even, however, for the heroes and the villains in Saturday afternoon event, serving as tribute to the second death anniversary of former Misamis Oriental PB member `Pangkoy’ Lagbas,  among those who perished in the still unsolved 2013 bombing in Cagayan de Oro.

Red-hot PJ Sanchez’ own 3-point bombing off the buzzer made sure the 20-point production of youthful Ranz Ostrea would not go down the drains as it lifted the Villains to a breathtaking 79-76 win over the Heroes in 34-under  category.

u201cAko to nga depensa pero naay screen nakagawas gyod siya sa ilalom. Layo na sa tres n’ya nadawat ang bola,” Heroes guard Marvin Neri said of Sanchez.

In the 35-above tussle that saw the Villains’ shooting guard Charome Marte as the only player on the floor who scored in double-digit numbers, the Heroes played more as a team and got the better in the endgame stretch.

With the score tied, 63-all and the ball in their possession, playing coach Arvin Martinez told the Heroes not to panic and execute their plan well.

Hengania felt so lucky to be the first option in offense as he fished a foul with time ticking away. He cooly converted both free throws to ice the victory.

u201cDiscourage na ra ba unta si Jan-Eng kay dili kaayo siya makadawat og bola,” said fellow guard `Baby James’ Abucejo.

For their winning baskets, Sanchez and Hengania were adjudged as Most Valuable Players (MVPs), respectively, in the 34-under and and 35-above divisions.

Guard-forward Boning Biongcog, who led all scorers with 23, had the chance to win the game for the Heroes in the opener. But his running off-the-board try just below the freethrow area apparently rimmed out.

u201cPatsada kaayo ang dula ni Ranz (Ostrea) sa 34-under. Crucial sab ang clean block nga gihimo ni Jongjong (Aunzo) kang Budo (Raagas). Pressure na kaayo kon wala `to napugngan ma MVP pud si Charome mao lage,” acknowledged the Heroes’ lucky charm Angel Dollente.       

Spicing up the All-Star Weekend are the slam dunk contest the Heroes-Willis’ Bee Datinguinoo narrowly won over Wawang Labuntog (Heroes-Schwarzenegger), the 3-point shootout being nailed by Willis’ youthful Ceasar Encarnacion in close fight with Rourke’s veteran sniper Rito Valdehueza.

For the Shooting Expendables, Team Fiona (Villains) prevailed over Team Catrina (Heroes), Team Bulitt (Heroes) and Team Kam (Villains) in another tight battle.


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