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PEGS claim Emon Lodge title

PEGS has been crowned the 2019 Emon Lodge No. 179 Brotherhood/IT&E Basketball League championship title after bouncing back in the final quarter to steal the win and the trophy against MJD Corp. 65-55 last Sunday held at the Koblerville gym.

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PEGS pose with the championship trophy after defeating MJD 65-55 during last Sunday’s game of the 2018 Emon Lodge No.179 Brotherhood/IT&E Basketball League held at the Koberville Gym.  Contributed photo

It was not an easy victory for PEGS as they trailed during most of the championship game. MJD’s Jack Aranda found his stroke early in the game as he knocked down shot after shot leading the opening quarter with seven points scoring from the foul line to the three-point line keeping his team in check.

PEGS played tough as they used teamwork to stay alive but it was the work of Don Brennan that stole the show. His ability to pull up and drive was enough to keep them close as he dropped 15 points alone in just the first half.

However MJD managed to stay afloat. With Ben Lisua, George DeGuzman supporting Aranda’s scoring spree, they stood tall holding a five point lead by halftime 32-27.

MJD seemed to have the win in the palm of their hands as the rest of the team started to contribute during the third canto. Jun Tabora started to sink his signature midrange shots pushing a safe distance. But as soon as MJD lowered their guard, PEGS came in for the sneak attack.

Andrew Ashburn also started to heat up as he connected his takes from beyond the arc while Don Brennan continued to deliver reducing the gap back within reach. With the help of Gino Libuw, PEGS finally created room to breathe ending the third quarter in a deadlock of 44-44.

Their comeback seemed to have fueled the team’s momentum as the bench also showed face putting up critical makes to grab their first lead of the game. Aranda and DeGuzman tried to bring MJD back from the drought as they remained consistent with back to back buckets but failed to get the help needed on the defensive end to stop PEGS’ run.

During the final few minutes of the game it was Ashburn that was able to shed some light as he fired seven straight points to hold the comfortable lead while Melvin Villarin brought the dagger connecting the clutch three-point shot to secure the win and the championship title 65-55.

Islanders 85, PIC 82

In the battle for third place it was Islanders that came out on top outlasting Pacific Islands Clun 85-82.

It was an up and down battle as PIC held control throughout most of the game. PIC’s showcasing of triples was seen at the first quarter as James Abuy caught on fire early draining two consecutive threes to give his team the edge. But it was not until the second half where PIC shined as Boy Fernandez stepped up adding some mix to the play with inside shots while Abuy continued to fire from beyond the arc to push a dominant 50-37 spread.

Despite PIC’s run, Islanders never gave up and slowly worked their way back within reach. Jandoc was nearly unstoppable as he kept driving straight towards the rim without hesitation carrying the team with 11 alone in just the third canto reducing the gap back within single digits.

PIC managed to shut down Jandoc’s output but failed to stop the rest of Islanders’ offense as Ritual and Pangelinan took over to keep the rhythm flowing. PIC tried to regain control looking for the quick answer from the three-point line but could not capitalize during crunch time and settled for the loss against Islanders 85-82.

Scores:

PEGS 65 — Brennan 25, Ashburn 16, Villarin 8, Libuw 6, Dayrit 4, Rasa 4, Echavez 2

MJD 55 — Aranda 15, De Guzman 14, Bisana 6, Lisua 6, Tabora 6, Ocampo 4.

Islander 85 — Jandoc 33, Pangelinan 17, Ritual 16, Mangali 12, Manabat 2, Paraiso 2, Tabora 2.

PIC 82 — Abuy 41, Tolentino 15, Norita 13, Sublemente 10, Fernandez 6.