The ARQ Builders Lapu-Lapu City Heroes and Siquijor Mystics booked their first win of the season after defeating Tabogon Voyagers and Dumaguete Warriors respectively.
ARQ used a surge late in the third quarter, including an 11-0 run, to break the game wide open then never looked back to win against the Voyagers, 75-61.
Dawn Ochea, who anchored the third quarter surge, top scored for the City Heroes with 12 points. He also hauled down 7 rebounds and assisted 2 baskets in their first game of the season. Reed Juntilla meanwhile did it on both ends of the floor as he registered 12 points and 3 steals. Hofer Mondragon manned the paint well for ARQ as he registered 11 rebounds and 3 block shots. Team captain Jojo Tangkay filled up the stat sheets with 8 points, 6 boards, 1 assist and 1 steal in just 15 minutes of play.
Meanwhile, nobody from the Voyagers registered double-digit markers in points but team effort is definitely out there as seven players put up 7 points or more in their loss. Peter John de Ocampo and Jethro Sombrero both finished with 9 points while Normel Delos Reyes, Arvie Bringas, and Christian Niel Diaz each contributed 8 points, and Joemari Lacastesantos and Richmond Bersabal registered 7 points a-piece for their team. Team captain Harold Arboleda is a missing piece in the action as he only contributed 3 rebounds in 8 minutes of play while missing his two shots from the field.
In the second game, the Siquijor Mystic stunned the Dumaguete Warriors after coming back from a 19-point deficit and winning the high-scoring match in regulation, 105-100.
Ryan Buenafe makes up for his scoreless debut last night to spearhead the Mystics with his 24 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists, including 8 points in the 4th quarter rally and a heroic six-point cluster late in the game that completed the victory for his side. Desmore Alcober registered a monster game highlighted by a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds. He also made up for the team’s 5 assists and 3 steals for an all-around effort the team really needed to avoid being in the hole of 0-2 early in the competition.
Dumaguete started the game waxing hot from downtown as they sank 6 three point shots in the first quarter alone. Gradually, the Mystics turned the table around and eventually took the lead for good in the fourth quarter.
Six players scored double figures for the Warriors led by team captain James Earl Regalado and Ronald Roy with 18 points each. Jaybie Mantilla scored 15 points in just 12 minutes of play and Jerick Nakpil finished the game with 11 points in an efficient 5-of-6 shooting. Nikki Monteclaro finished with 12 points while Mark Anthony Doligon registered 11 points, but the two turned the ball over five times each that hurt the chances of their team to win.
ARQ-Lapu-Lapu (75) – Ochea 12, Juntilla 12, Lusdoc 10, Abad 9, Tangkay 8, Galvez 6, Senining 5, Mondragon 4, Cañada 3, Minguito 2, Berame 2, Arong 2, Regero 0, Solis 0.
Tabogon (61) – De Ocampo 9, Sombero 9, Diaz 8, Delos Reyes 8, Bringas 8, Lacastesantos 7, Bersabal 7, Vitug 3, Orquina 2, Arboleda 0, Caballero 0.
Quarterscores: 15-13, 38-28, 63-38, 75-61.
Siquijor (105) – Buenafe 24, Alcober 22, Castellano 13, Belleza 11, Aspiras 11, Penaflor 9, Gooc 5, Tangcay 4, J. Buenafe 2, Rodriguez 2, Quiro 2.
Dumaguete (100) – Regalado 18, Roy 18, Mantilla 15, Monteclaro 12, Doligon 11, Nacpil 11, Velasquez 6, Gabas 5, Aguilar 4, Ramirez 0, Gonzalgo 0, Porlares 0.
Quarterscores: 23-38, 60-70, 82-92, 105-100.
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