Fighter Wine keeps foes dizzy

Jonas N. Panerio

THE Fighter 50 Wine kept its unbeaten streak going after they defeated Aspa Frameworks, 90-84, in the Mayor Edgar Labella Christmas Inter-Commercial Basketball League at the Cebu City Sports Institute on Thursday night, Dec. 19, 2019.

The win bumped Fighter’s record to an unblemished 4-0 (win-loss) to assure them of the top seed in the semifinal round.

Manila Stars forward Marvin Hayes continued his week-long brilliance on the hardwood floor as he piled up 20 points and eight rebounds. Isaiah Hontiveros, the son of Cebuano hoops legend Dondon Hontiveros, also kept his foot on the gas pedal, as he had 16 points. PBA draft pick and Cebu-Casino Ethyl Alcohol forward William McAloney added 11 markers and five rebounds.

And while Fighter 50 Wine is already assured of the number one spot, the other spots in the semifinals are still being fought for with four teams tied at 2-2.

The SG ARQ Builders routed Journey to Recovery, 94-73, while KCS Lapu-Lapu bested the Siargao Wave Riders, 95-83.

SG, JTR, KCS and ASPA all have similar 2-2 cards while Siargao remains winless so far after four games.

SG turned it up in the fourth canto to pull away from JTR and capture the win. They were ahead by just five, 59-54, but ended up winning by 21 after a sizzling shooting performance in the final 10 minutes of action.

National University Bulldogs wingman Patrick Wilson Yu shone for SG as he tallied 27 points on 11-of-14 shooting from the field. He added six rebounds and six assists. Yu’s NU teammate, John Galinato, and Alfred Codilla, added 18 markers each for SG.

Meanwhile, KCS was led by University of the Visayas forwards Melvin Butohan and Ted Saga who scored 24 and 19 points, respectively. Another UV stud, Gabriel Cometa, had 13 points, seven assists and four steals.

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