Spartans remain on top; Hoyas deal Tigersí first loss
Packers win third straight
By the end of July 14ís PEXBALL at the RFM Gym, Spartans are the only team left unscathed after demolishing Pandas, 91-74, and Hoyas giving Tigers their first scratch, 72-68. Meanwhile, Packers are on a winning streak, tripping Blupers, 91-85.
Spartans continue their amazing winning run, still undefeated after five games this season. Hoyas kept in step with a 5-1 record, while Tigers dropped to 4-1. Packers are now at fourth, winning their third straight after dropping their first three.
Blupers are currently tied with idle Arsenals with a 2-3 standing, while the Pandas are still groping for form, suffering its fourth defeat in five matches. The last time the Orangemen were in this position was back in their debut season.
Spartans hold fort over Pandas
Spartans stepped on the gas in the latter part of the second half, leaving the Pandas gasping. Sweet shooting Allan Dator and Jensen Ilagan did most of the damage for the Spartans towards the end of the 3rd period and the final quarter
Ilagan led the Spartans with 22 points while Omar Ilagan and Dator had 16 and 15 points respectively
Hoyas jump past Tigers
Hoyas hung tough in the end, scoring clutch freethrows to hold off Tigers in the endgame. The grey-jerseyed squad relied on the stripe and an unlucky break from the Tigers after going without a field goal in the final three minutes of the contest.
Arvy Trinidad, JC Chong, Joby Primicias, and Arsenio Galanida all scored on splits from the line, while Christian Manalang architected a comeback at the other end. A quick basket by the Tiger rookie with 19 ticks to go had his squad breathing down, 68-69. Primicias then made one of two from the line after a duty foul by Vic Sanchez.
With a chance to tie the contest, Gian Canilao muffed a point-blank attempt as Primicias sealed the contest with two more freethrows with a second remaining.
Primicias topscored for the Hoyas with 28 points and 10 rebounds while Trinidad had 17 points 13 rebounds
Hoyas enjoyed the biggest margin in the contest midway of the third period, 43-31. A Primicias three-pointer duplicated this feat in the fourth, 63-51, before Tigers had their final rally.
Packers continue rise, Blupers remain on freefall
Packers were in control virtually the whole contest, but had to stave off Blupers in the waning minutes.
With the Packers comfortably up by 20 in the final period, Blupers inched their way back, employing a fullcourt trap that the former had some difficulty in breaking. Fortunately for the victors, time ran out on their pursuers.
Tristan Taboac led the Packers with 18 points while Jayson Dela Cruz, Jorell Chan and rookie Michael Brua had 15 markers each
The Crimson-clad crew tasted their biggest lead with a Andrew Carreon trey from near the top of the key, 68-47, 1:40 in the third.
PEXBALL action continues on July 21 at the RFM Gym with Hoyas battling the Titans at 2:30 pm while Spartans shoots for their 6th win against the luckless Lions at 4pm
Pandas and Arsenals meanwhile will play in the main game at 5:30 pm