(MENAFN - Arab Times) The Philippines Basketball Club in Kuwait Friday saw some exciting games in the 5'8, Open, Inter-Company and Inter-Medical divisions played at the Khalijia Arabic School in Riggae. Papa Johns extended their peak form downing Cilek-AlGhanim 79-77 while D'Lush outpaced the 59ers squad to finish 97-91.
Game results for the weekend were as follows: Sadder 56 vs Empire & Allies 47; Burger King 60 vs GBI 45; PSK 55 vs KPCC 52; Balik Islam 52 vs DND 44; Yiaco 67 vs Hadi Clinic 58; Bayan Dental 82 vs Vipers 73; Kuwait Steel 95 vs Mathar 71; First Kuwaiti 81 vs Baroue 61; Ikea 64 vs Mr Baker 53; Rasta 52 vs Rated-PG 51; D'Lush 97 vs 59ers 91; Papa Johns 79 vs Celik-AlGhanim 77; MOH Friday 76 vs MOH Dragons 73. In the Cilek-AlGhanim vs Papa Johns Inter-Company game, Banez worked magic for the Papa Johns squad with 31 points and numerous assists. Captain Giulano consistently terrorizing the AlGhanim defense, swung the game in the way of the restaurateurs in the dying minutes with crucial go-ahead points to nail the Papa Johns victory.
Both sides were very aggressive right off the bat with Demundo leading the attack for AlGhanim while Banez took care of Papa Johns' scoring, leading to a first round 17-17 standoff. The game swung slightly in the direction of AlGhanim in the second and third rounds 37-31, 57-56. Demundo's ambush brought a total of 25, including a 3-pointer from near half. However, Demundo's threat was short-lived as Papa Johns in the final round became tactically superior in their play, Banez and Giulano leading the onslaught with a combined 42 buckets to finish 79-77 for their side. Mercado and Flestado were also prolific at the hoop for Cilek-AlGhanim.
Having suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Rock in their last match, Jojo Fernandez led D'Lush looked at their Open Division encounter against the 59ers as a game they couldn't afford to lose. But the 59ers were not mince meat either as they took the fight to their opponents and dominated the game behind torrid shootings of Alzan Zablan and Juvil Sardena who shot 20 points each to finish the first half 46-34.
The light shone at the end of D'Lush's tunnel when Jojo Fernadez partnered by Norman Rustia pulled their side up in the third round to assert themselves in the game and take a commanding lead to finish 97-91. Fernandez shot 24 with Rustia contributing 16 in the win. MOH Friday upended MOH Dragons in the first Inter-Medical game of the day 76-73. Dragons never seemed to regain balance after the first-round blow.
Friday, thanks to Kerby De La Rosa's magic, gifted Dragons a morale-draining 18-13, in the opening round. Rudderless Dragons suffered 28-37, 46-48 and 73-76 in the ensuing rounds. Friday's De La Rosa shot 17 points including two wizardly 3-pointers and stalking the opposition with a volley of stealthy shots and a laser-guided 3-pointer while Jerry Geronimo assisted with 14. Vincent Alabe was also on the loose for Dragons, scoring a game-high 20 points for his side assisted by Jonathan Albano's 14.
In the first 5'8 group encounter, the Rasta squad's challenge to be beaten stood unmoved when Rated-PG's full-blooded fight against them ended in vain. PG lost 51-52. DE La Cruz was the top scorer for Rasta at 13. However, Rasta flubbed as a team in the last round, allowing PG to deflect almost every chance into the basket.
De La Cruz was on fire, burning the hoop with his dunks and slams. He scored 18, one of them a jaw-dropping 3-pointer. Rated-PG were close on heals through out the game having taken the lead in the first and third rounds, 14-11, 23-27, 40-36 and 51-52.
Elsewhere in another Inter-Company game, Ikea took on Mr Baker, subjecting the restaurateurs to a convincing 64-53 lashing. The Ikea win was paced by Daryll Sauco who scored 12 of the 14 points in the first round. The tone he set was quickly picked up by other team members, especially Edward Mangalus and Allan Villanueva, who shone in the last round.
Mangalus shot 12 baskets, while Villanueva got 9. For Mr Baker, Sherwin Pascua was finding the basket with ease supported by Ernie Pascua. sauco scored 19 points.
Mr Baker was never allowed into the game, although they posted significant threats in the second round: 14-9, 32-31, 46-37 and 64-53. Ikea reserved all their aggression for the final round, finally finishing 64-53 in their favor.
Baroue received an 81-61drubbing at the hands of the First Kuwaiti squad in another Inter-Company duel in game six. Ramil Sampang, Lingad Sotero and Cholo Patio starred for the First Kuwaiti squad with their deluges. Sampang made 11and a few rebounds while Sotero chipped in 9. Baroue's Alvin Frankie shot 20 to lead all scorers in the game while Nats Policapio shot 15.
Kuwait Steel beat Mathar 95-71 in an Inter-Company game seven duel. The game brimmed with spirit as the teams vied for the win, Mathar slightly up 19-17 in round one. Kuwait Steel soon seized the initiative from the second round but Mathar were resilient, surmounting shocks and gave Kuwait Steel a good run for their money, albeit they lost finally 95-71.
Jonjon Labadan and Igning Bacucanag starred for Kuwait Steel with their class and accuracy, scoring 21 and 18 for the win. Andy Buco and Hamoud roped in 23 and 15 to pace the Mathar loss.
Also in the Inter-Medical Division featuring Bayan Dental against Vipers, Bayan Dental found their trump card in Kenneth Najera, who was uncontainable in the start and end, finishing with 33 points despite a temporary lull in the mid quarters.
Paolo Cayno, Mike Figuera and Magno Obaldo combined to inflict a slow damage on the Bayan Dental, lifting their side from a 5 point15-20 first round down to a 35-35 second round stand off capitalizing on the cracks in the defense.
The Vipers blew the third round so badly, rendering their last quarter pickup, though impressive, ineffectual, game ending 82-73 on the side of the Bayan Dental. Najera roped in 33 markers while team mate Jayson Rodriguez made 11in Bayan's win. At 24 Cayno was the highest scorer for Vipers with Figuera and Obaldo chipping in 14 and 13 apiece.
In the next game, Hadi Clinic seemed to have exhausted their steam against Yiaco Medical in the second round after a good start to the game for both sides that ended in a 15-15 stand-off in round one. Hadi Clinic trailed their opponents the rest of the way to finish 67-58 in favor of Yiaco Medical.
The low-scoring 5'8 Division game between Balik Islam and DND was a thriller with prolific scoring by individual players from both teams, though Balik proved to be the dominant pack.
The game which was dominated by Balik right off bat to the finish, ended in Balik's pocket, 52-44. Rashed Ragama scored 17 for Balik while Richard added 10. Dennis Rofil and Jayson Cruz shot 20 and 10 apiece to pace the DND loss.
PSK were on top against KPCC in the next 5'8 group game of the day, winning 55-52. PSK lagged feebly behind in the first, second and third rounds, 11-14, 19-29, and 30-39, closing in at 55-52 in the final quarter, their best reply to the KPCC broadside, Which finally handed them the win. The fiercest scorer on the PSK side was Christopher Moje with 17 points. KPCC's Aninon and Salowad shot 13 and 9 apiece for their side. The rounds were 90 percent dominated by KPCC who run out of steam in the final leg, handing the victory to their opponents. As the skirmishes continued in the 5'8 Division, the next game saw Burger King maul GBI 60-45.
GBI had their backs to the wall right off the bat from round one to the end, 8-28, 17-37, 28-48 and 45-60. Deon and Edel tried their best to match Burger King's Mabala and Labra who finished with a combined 24, but their shots were not enough to narrow the wide point difference. Game ended 60-45 for Burger King.
Jelmer downed Al-Mulla in the next game of the tournament Friday 67-55. Jelmer started strong leading 30-7 in the first round.
However, an Al-Mulla surge was scripted by Raiza when he fired on all cylinders in the second round and third only helped raised the tempo of their game and scoring but not enough to level up with Jelmer's points. In the last fixture of the day, Bamba set the pace of the game with 8 racy, first-quarter points for Sadeer, defying a porous defense and gravity. The first round ended 11-10 against the Empire & Allies squad.
The game went the way of the Sadeer squad to the end. Bamba shot 17 for Sadeer's win while Conrad and Gary made 11 and 9 to pace the Allies' loss. The PHILBACK 8th Conference Basketball Tournament games are made possible courtesy generous sponsorship from JC Net Tailoring, Western Union Money Transfer and SMBC Developers.