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AsiaBasket: CSB gives MFT another bad beat, San Beda-Machateam hands MBC 1st loss

Miggy Corteza remains consistent for the now 2-0 CSB squad. AsiaBasket
By Dugout Philippines

KUALA LUMPUR—The two collegiate teams invited for the Sportsclick AsiaBasket International Championship made statement wins on Wednesday at the MABA Stadium.

The CSB Blazers added the MFT Fruitmasters to their list of victims with a 93-63 blowout in one of the four games scheduled for the day.

Just when MFT seemed to be on its way to venting ire on CSB after getting crushed by Harimau Malaysia the night before, the Blazers turned things around in the second half and gave the Fruitmasters another blowout defeat.

MFT took control of the first half and entered halftime ahead, 40-31, but CSB went on a 29-9 third quarter to go up, 60-49.

The Blazers completed the rout after a 33-14 fourth quarter for the final tally.

Miggy Corteza once again led CSB, now 2-0 in Group A play, with 20 points, three rebounds, and one block, while Zenric Jarque and Alaine Cajucom each added 14 points.

Allen Liwag made his CSB debut and finished with nine points, five rebounds, three steals, and one block off the bench.

Marlon Monte made 15 points, six rebounds, and two assists for the now 0-2 MFT squad, although he had seven turnovers.

San Beda-Machateam, meanwhile, put an end to MBC Kirin’s unbeaten run with a 68-58 win.

San Beda turned back MBC by playing tough defense which held them to less than 60 points after back-to-back solid offensive games to start the tournament.

Yukien Andrada led San Beda, now 2-0 in Group B, with 11 points, six rebounds, three assists, and one steal, while Jacob Cortez and Jomel Puno each added nine markers.

Wutipong Dasom led MBC, which fell to 2-1, with 14 points, three rebounds, and one assist, although he had four turnovers.

Tychique Bosango contributed 13 points, six rebounds, five assists, two steals, and one block, while William Vedder Freeman and Lai Kok Weng each made 10 points even as Vedder Freeman grabbed 13 rebounds.

Wednesday’s quadruple-header began with the BGC Builders edging The Th3rd Floor-KalosPH-Cooly, 98-95.

In the highest-scoring game so far in the tournament in terms of the total points scored, BGC’s third-quarter blast was just enough to edge The Th3rd Floor, whose fourth-quarter comeback fell short.

The Th3rd Floor waxed hot in the first quarter and took a 30-19 lead to the second period.

BGC, however, slowly picked up the pace and surged ahead in the third behind a 36-16 blast for a 79-67 lead entering the fourth.

The Th3rd Floor stormed back and came to within just one point, 93-94, with 1:08 left, but coach Joseph Guion was sent off in the next play for incurring two technical fouls, the second due to him entering the court to protest a Genmar Bragais unsportsmanlike foul.

BGC took advantage of it and scored four straight points for a 98-93 cushion with 16.1 seconds remaining.

Jumilsun Portales kept The Th3rd Floor in the game with a putback layup that cut the lead down to three with 6.2 seconds to go.

Mark Doligon failed to ice the game for BGC as he missed two crucial free throws, but Angelo Vanguardia opted for a halfcourt heave with four seconds left that he eventually air-balled.

Tosh Sessay preserved a monster outing this time as he led BGC, now 1-1 in Group B, with 30 points, 19 rebounds, six assists, two steals, and one block.

Christian Buñag added 21 points and six rebounds, while Doligon made 16 points, five rebounds, six assists, and one steal.

Gerald Anderson led The Th3rd Floor, which fell to 0-2, with 21 points, seven rebounds, six assists, and two steals.

In the nightcap, Harimau Malaysia continued its early dominance with a 96-76 rout of Shawarma Shack Pilipinas.

The national team broke loose in the fourth quarter to win the battle between teams that won their tournament openers.

Shawarma Shack had a solid start and led, 23-22, at the end of the first quarter, but Harimau Malaysia responded with a 31-point second quarter to go up, 53-43, by halftime.

Shawarma Shack controlled the pace anew in the third quarter and limited Harimau Malaysia to just 13 points while cutting the lead down to just four, 66-62, entering the fourth.

Harimau Malaysia exploded in the fourth quarter to the delight of their fans and outscored Shawarma Shack, 30-14, to seal the win.

Ting Chun Hong sizzled for 33 points on 11-of-19 field goals including 8-for-13 on three-pointers, seven rebounds, five assists, one steal, and two blocks for Harimau Malaysia, which joins CSB on top of Group A with a 2-0 record.

Wong Yi Hou added 18 points, four rebounds, and two assists, while Dee Wee Yiang contributed 13 points on 5-for-8 field goals including 3-of-4 from long range, one rebound, one assist, and one steal.

Mike Harry Nzeusseu put up 28 points, 22 rebounds, two blocks, and one steal, while Ken Bono added 22 points, two rebounds, and four assists for Shawarma Shack, which dropped to 1-1.

Box Scores:

First Game

BGC Builders 98 – Sessay 30, Buñag 21, Doligon 16, Cabahug 15, Gozum 7, Moraga 3, Cawaling 3, Huntley 3, Rodriguez 0, Ceñal 0, Gonzales 0

The Th3rd Floor-KalosPH-Cooly 95 – Anderson 21, Bragais 19, Zamora 16, Flores 12, Vanguardia 11, Portales 10, Mendoza 4, Lepalam 2, Talan 0, Sera Josef 0, Catipay 0, Navalon 0

Quarterscores: 19-30, 43-51, 79-67, 98-95

Second Game

CSB 93 – Corteza 20, Jarque 14, Cajucom 14, Marasigan 9, Liwag 9, Nayve 6, Oczon 5, Serrano 5, Sumabat 4, Carlos 3, Turco 2, Mara 2

MFT 63 – Monte 15, Mag-isa 11, San 9, Papa 7, Cervantes 6, Abarcar 5, Montserrat 5, Castellano 3, Villablanca 2, Cabeguin 0, Semacio 0

Quarterscores: 16-23, 31-40, 60-49, 93-63

Third Game

San Beda-Machateam 68 – Andrada 11, Cortez 9, Puno 9, Jopia 8, Alfaro 7, Gallego 7, Cuntapay 6, Llarena 5, Cometa 4, Tagala 2, Visser 0, Royo 0

MBC Kirin 58 – Dasom 14, Bosango 13, Vedder Freeman 10, Lai 10, Yek 5, Ja. Lee 3, JJ Lee 2, Lim 1, Leong 0, Phang 0, Yap 0

Quarterscores: 16-14, 35-28, 54-44, 68-58

Fourth Game

Harimau Malaysia 96 – Ting 33, Wong 18, Dee 13, Lim 7, Chang 6, Ooi 5, Mahadevan 4, Heng 4, Lee 2, Liew 2, Mak 2, Ong 0

Shawarma Shack Pilipinas 76 – Nzeusseu 28, Bono 22, Monteclaro 8, Esguerra 6, Deles 4, Macaballug 2, Pasculado 2, Buenavista 2, Rojo 2, Aviso 0, Mar 0, Tomilloso 0

Quarterscores: 22-23, 53-43, 66-62, 96-76

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