Cebu Landmasters 2003, Forex 2000 vanquish foes as 25th SHAABAA season opens

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THE Cebu Landmasters 2003 and the Forex 2000 took down their respective opponents at the start of the 25th season of the Sacred Heart Ateneo Alumni Basketball Athletic Association (SHAABAA) basketball tournament on Saturday night at the Magis Eagles Arena inside the SHS-Ateneo de Cebu campus in Canduman, Mandaue City.

After a grand opening ceremony that introduced all the participating batches and the innovative SHAABAA mobile app, the teams got into the action with the mighty Cebu Landmasters 2003 dropping Starkwood Properties 2009, 86-49, to get off to a great start in Division B.

In Division A, the Forex 2000 opened their campaign in victorious fashion, upending Magic Fund 1997.

The Cebu Landmasters did not take long to assert themselves in the game, zooming off to a 23-9 lead after the first, before extending it to 24, 44-20, at halftime. Smelling blood in the water, Batch 2003 kept on coming and raised their lead to a high of 43, 86-43, en route to the lopsided victory.

Daryle Tan led the Cebu Landmasters with 20 points and seven rebounds, while Wilmer Ong added 13 markers and nine boards.

Justin Huang also had 11 points while Ervin Lopeña almost had a triple-double with 10 points, eight boards, and nine assists.

Meanwhile in Division A, Forex got off to a terrific start and led by as much as 23, 44-21, before Magic Fund tried to make a comeback, trimming the deficit down to three, 48-51. However, Forex’s veteran composure came through as they finished Magic Fund off late in the fourth canto.

Serg Al Gobui and Johannes Chua had 13 points apiece for Forex, while Dave Ting had 12 points, nine boards, two assists, and two steals. John Chik added 11 points, seven boards, and four steals.

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