CBA: Gen. Trias downs MNL Sausage in OT

by Ernest Hernandez

General Trias sizzled at the start of the overtime period to defeat MNL Sausage, 106-100, in the Community Basketball Association Founders Cup at the San Andres Sports Complex in Manila on Saturday.

The Bravo recovered in the additional five minutes after losing a seemingly comfortable lead in the last two minutes of regulation.

Down 77-84 with 2:01 left in the fourth quarter, the Kings went on an 11-4 run capped by an Argel Mendoza triple with five seconds left to send the game to overtime at 88-all.

But GT started the extra session with a 9-1 run to go up, 97-89, before keeping MNL Sausage at bay in the end.

Jonathan Rivera made 21 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, and one steal, while Ian Melencio put up 19 markers, eight boards, six dimes, two steals, and one block for the Bravo.

Wowie Escosio had 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting, eight caroms, and one dish for the Kings.

In the first game, Binangonan banked on a third-quarter blast to beat Rizal Leadlink, 87-83.

The Slashers bounced back from a 23-point deficit and turned things around right after halftime with a 33-point third quarter before holding on in the end.

Ivan Cuyong fired 25 points, seven rebounds, one assist, and one block off the bench for Binangonan.

Miguel Agulto and James Abugan, on the other hand, had impressive two-way games highlighted by a double-double each.

Edzel Mag-isa scored 20 markers, 19 boards, three dimes, and two steals for Rizal.

First Game
Binangonan 87-Cuyong 25, Oduca 16, Agulto 15, Abugan 10, Tumalon 9, Alade 5, Mercado 4, Laostales 2, Picones 1, Dionisio 0, Valle 0, Leal 0, Colot 0

Rizal 83-Mag-isa 20, Rivera 16, Brojan 11, Villoria 9, P. Lucas 9, J. Lucas 6, Estrella 5, Dela Rea 5, Ilac 2, Manuel 0, Bultron 0, Briones 0

Quarterscores: 13-22, 31-44, 64-61, 87-83

Second Game
General Trias 106-Rivera 21, Melencio 19, Laureno 15, Gonzales 12, Prudente 10, Delos Santos 8, Tajonera 7, Evangelista 6, Dejito 3, Rivas 3, Escobal 2

MNL Sausage 100-Escosio 26, Canelas 17, Orquina 12, Dionson 7, Ballon 7, Yu 6, Mendoza 6, Acibar 6, Dela Cruz 6, Aspiras 5, Nitafan 3, Martinez 0

Quarterscores: 22-18, 48-45, 64-63, 88-88, 106-100