THE ARQ Builders-Cebu bounced back from their opening game loss by downing Quezon City, 21-11, in the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 Invitational on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at the Laus Group Events Centre in Pampanga.
Still seething after their 16-21 loss to Homegrown Grains Bocaue in the morning, ARQ stepped up and frequently went down low to their hulking reinforcements, Landry Sanjo and Frederick Elombi, to build a big lead early. And with Monbert Arong and RJ Dinolan also chipping in timely baskets, ARQ snatched the win and put themselves in good position to barge into the quarterfinal round with their even 1-1 record.
In ARQ’s first game, the game was tied at 16-all when veteran forward Mark Yee seized control, matching Sanjo's physicality on the defensive end while knocking down big buckets. Yee closed the game by knocking down two free throws after baiting the 6-foot-7 Cameroonian while attempting a deuce.
In other games, Joseph Eriobu and Pacquiao Coffee Bacolod defeated Pasay Adam Esli Pasay, 22-14 (8:51), in Pool A. Jayjay Manlangit knocked down the game-winning deuce.
Brothers Ryan and Nikki Monteclaro powered the Pasig Kingpins to a 21-9 (6:34) rout to open Pool C action while Marvin Hayes scored the game-winning deuce with 17.9 seconds left in AMACOR Mandaluyong's 21-20 win over the Henry Iloka-led RBR Cabiao Nueva Ecija. (JNP)