Malacañang-PSC remains unbeaten in the league of public servants.
With a 4-0-win loss record, they remain at the top of Group B standings after crippling the policemen, negating the shooting prowess of two-time MVP, Ollan Omiping, who connected seven 3-pointers.
The PNP Responders sink deeper to the bottom of the group with a 0-3 record and getting closer to a possible eviction after the 75-64 loss to Malacañang-PSC Kamao.
Super rookies Joseph Roque and Jeffrey Punzalan were chosen as best players of the game, leading the game offensively and defensively with combined 35 points, 7 steals, and 5 rebounds.
“Sinusuklian lang namin kung ano ibinibigay na playing time sa amin at tiwala,” Malakanyang-PSC rookie point guard Joseph Roque said.
“Una, pasalamat sa Dios sa ibinigay Niyang lakas, [at] kay Coach Louie, Coach Raffy and Coach Tanny Gonzalez. Talagang malaking impluwensya sa amin,” co-Best Player awardee Jeffrey Punzalan added.
Kamao’s head coach, Raffy Gonzalez, took pride in their team defense which earned them a victory against the Responders.
“Sabi ko more effort sa defense. Sabi ko, “Iyun ang magpapanalo sa atin, yung depensang yan,” he said.
MAL-PSC’s defensive toughness reflected PNP’s team stats — only Ollan Omiping scored double digits. As for other regular double figure contributors, Anton Tolentino was forced to score only 1 point while Mariano Flormata and Richard Villanueva contributed 6 points each.
In the other game, the defending champion AFP Cavaliers conquered the Department of Agriculture Food Masters, 91 – 84, to stay at the top of Group A standings with 4 wins and 0 loss despite being injury-plagued.
Key players Darwin Cordero, Jeffrey Quiambao, Roger Araneta, and Eser Rosopa are on the injury list for the men in uniform.
The Food Masters were playing toe-to-toe and even leading over the AFP in the first half of the game but in the 3rd period, the Cavaliers pulled away with the 3-point shooting spree from Boyet Bautista and Jerry Lumongsod. The Food Masters cut the lead in the final minutes but exhaustion and fatigue took its toll. AFP Cavaliers triumphed.
Wilfredo Casulla Jr and Boyet Bautista were chosen as Best Players of the Game for providing substantial figures on both ends of the game. Casulla scored 16 points and 14 rebounds, while Boyet Bautista scored 28 points and 3 assists.
Meanwhile, a 63-point blow-up game by PITC Global Traders against the rookie team SSS Kabalikat took place in the first game of Sunday’s triple-header.
Solid defense was the key to the success of PITC having 22 steals, mostly converted into points.
The ball movement is also superb, having 27 assists, compared to only 8 of SSS.
SSS sinks to 0-3 and PITC goes up to 2-2 in Group A ranking. — Bernard Dadis