Volts halt Conor Cargo’s winning streak

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 20: Marvin Dumague scored 26 and Valencia added 19 for Marina Volts to halt Conor Express Cargo’s winning streak at the UAE Exchange Xpress Money PABAK 30th conference games played at the Disabled Sports Club in Hawally Friday.

Buoyed by their shocking defeat of Marine Spa in their last match, the Volts have continued their quest for the ultimate crown vowing to dish out high-voltage shock to every opponent in their way. Dumague opened scoring for Marina Volts with a jumper that paved the way for Santos, Valencia and others to enter the fray with their barrages to end the opening round with a 4-point gap, 21-17.

With the match increasingly looking balanced and slightly in favor of Volts, the Conor cargo men sensing defeat stepped up their game with Glenn Al-Os and Dingson alternating in scoring through rounds with only a few points in reply coming from the Volts side to close the first half with 2 points ahead, 43-41. Glenn and Dingson scored 21 and 16 apiece for Express cargo in the game.

As the game increasingly looked like a deadlock, both sides timed off for strategy sessions. The speed and agility displayed by Marina Volts especially in the final rounds made the cargo men flubbed somewhat as a team, allowing the Volts to deflect almost every chance into their basket. Santos was on fire, burning the Cargo hoop with his dunks and slams. The rest of the rounds ended 75-69 and 91-86 to end the game for Marina Volts.

Elsewhere in the tournament, Marine Spa got back to winning ways when they edged ON-TIME 79-76 in the next game. The Spa win was paced by Ken Jajera who scored 10 of his 22 points in the first half. The tone he set was quickly picked up by other team members, especially Jun De La Cruz and Marlon Batino who shone in the last round. De La Cruz shot a total 16 baskets, while Batino got 8. For ON-TIME Felix Laceta, Flaviano Ramirez and Marvin Icaro always found the basket with ease, scoring 18, 9 and 9 apiece in their side’s loss.

ATC Chillis on the other side of the hard court powered past KOC-EMS dishing out a narrow 71-69 defeat to the Advanced Technology Company squad in the next game of the day. George Lorenzo for KOC opened scoring with a 2-pointer and with support from Bakili and Marcos was able to open a 1-point lead by the end of the opening round, 17-16. The game got tenser as ATC’s captain De Souza and Dean Basco gradually found the opponents’ basket to warm their side into the game, neutralizing the deficit to finish 43-40 at the halftime mark. ATC built on their newfound momentum, surging ahead with barrages to widen the gap, 59-52 at the end of the third round with Basco accounting for 5 points in the latest surge.

Frederic Mata of KOC however gave ATC a scare after he made some dashing moves tearing through the opponent’s defense to slot in a series of 2-pointers to raise his side’s points on the scorecard. With just seconds left on the clock, Lorenzo shot a 2-pointer, raising KOC’s tally to 69 to narrow the final scores to 69-71 in favor of the Advanced Technology specialists. Basco shot 19 with De Souza adding 15 in the win. Lorenzo scored 16 to pace the KOC loss.

The-One on the other hand got a default game win and 20 points awarded to them when M-Tag failed to show up for a scheduled game between the two sides in the FONZ/TFC/Chicken-Inasal/Ajwaa Travels co-sponsored tournament over the weekend.

Meanwhile Artel De La Cruz and Reyes Rizalito worked magic in the next game for FBC-SMDC with 26 and 16 points apiece to outclass Mind-Web 82-77. Both sides were very aggressive right off the bat with Lito De Guzman and Marlon Bautista leading the attack for Mind-Web while Artel and Jayson Cruz took care of FBC’s scoring, leading to a 58-56 first half near standoff with FBC just a nose ahead.

Though Mind-Web was able to up their scoring in all rounds, they still lacked the momentum to take the driver’s seat. All their rallies got stymied by the FBC defense to the end. Artel kept FBC’s counter clicking in the final stretch to finish with 26 points while Reyes contributed 16 in the game that ended 82-77 for FBC. Bautista’s ambushes in the Mind-Web squad’s evenly spread performance brought a total of 16, including a 3-pointer from near half. Lito shot 12 and Mariano 10 to pace their side’s loss.

Elsewhere, Brgy-Salmiya suffered a 99-85 defeat at the hands of Eagles Alliance in the next game. After a first minute jumper to draw first blood, Salmiya’ captain Barbeto partnered with Jayson Manalo to send their side shooting ahead, 21-16 in round one. But the lead was quickly neutralized as James Carillo and Ryan Dumol for Eagles Alliance fired barrages in response to the Salmiya broadside to open a 4-point gap 26-22 at the close of the first half.

The game continued on the same trend despite both sides’ shots and counter shots at the hoop with Salmiya gradually widening their lead. The nip and tuck continued into the final minutes with Raymond Labajo hitting a final jumper to hammer home the final nail to clip the wings of the Eagles at 99-85 final tally for Brgy-Salmiya.  Chicken-Inasal Shooters continued their winning streak when they tamed GCC-Vipers with a 76-74 win in the penultimate game.

With Allan Yap, Arvin Picasio, Caesar Serrano and Bernard Carino scoring 21, 14, 14 and 13 apiece, the Chicken giants muscled their way to the finish line with the Vipers always closely behind. GCC-Vipers in most instances struggled to match up the speed of the Chicken specialists throughout the game despite Viloria and Norman Rustia scoring 16 and 15 points each to bolster their side. Vipers were subjected to a moral-draining punishment in the final half as Chicken’s Yap and Carino upped the pressure to lead their side in scoring take the game to a 76-74 finish.

Gina-Mills recorded their second consecutive loss when they went down 69-76 to Legend in the final game. The rounds went 21-15, 34-24, 51-39 and finally 76-69 in favor of Legend.


By: Iddris Seidu Arab Times Staff

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