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Empe Light Blue powers past Gold Ballers, 104-84

EMPE Light Blue holds on to a steady record in the second season of Ali’i/BlueHaus Intercolor Basketball League after bouncing back from loss by rallying past the Gold Ballers last Wednesday at the Tan Siu Lin Sports Complex.

The Gold Ballers did not go down easily as they matched up to Empe Light Blue at the first half. It was the work of Dennis Cortez’s reliable performance under the rim that kept them alive as he scored 11 straight points at one point including two and-one plays to hold an even 28-28.

Empe Light Blue’s Terrence Leung goes for a fast break finish during last Wednesday’s game of the 2nd Season Ali’i/BlueHaus Intercolor Basketball League at Tan Siu Lin Sports Complex.  Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.

In the second quarter Empe Light Blue shut down Cortez’s output forcing Dhan Mateo to take over but could not hold on as Terrence Leung and Roland Tengco fired 12 points together, 58-51.

Empe Light Blue continued to fire and the rest started to pitch in.

Jerome Reyes opened up a variety of offensive options attacking inside the paint while Sean Robasto supported from the perimeter gaining the double digit lead.

The Gold Ballers’ Kevin Leomo tried to shed some light slicing his way to connect eight consecutive points but failed.

White Haus 97, Vendetta 84

White Haus never cooled down to outscore Vendatta handing them their third loss 97-84.

It was Nate Mateo’s consistency from behind the three point line that kept White Haus in control as Vendetta failed to stop his shooting spree raining back-to-back triples throughout the game. He found his range right from the start connecting the opening shot from beyond the arc while Jun Tabora and Darwin Barbo combined 10 points to stay in front.

Vendetta fought back as Jun Estolas equalized from the three point line while Erwin Gomez and Reymark Castro cutting the lead down to a one-possession gap but Mateo kept his shooting stroke in check dropping four three-pointers during the second quarter, 49-42.

Estolas was a major factor in their offensive act, could not get back in action due to knee injury. They tried to stay alive with raw effort with James Dela Cruz and Gino Libuw attacking from inside the paint but could not stop White Haus’ productivity as Barbo and Mateo remained consistent till the very end to triumph 97-84.


Empe Light Blue 104 – Sean Robasto 27, Sonny Lerio 20, Jun Park 12, Roland Tengco 12, Richard Peredo 9, Jerome Reyes 9, Terrence Leung 8, Neil Espinosa 5, Naks Gunnacao 2,

Gold Ballers 84 – Dhan Mateo 28, Dennis Cortez 27, Arvin Avila 12, Kevin Leomo 12, Prince Factor 3, Tito Alano 2,

White Haus 97 – Nate Mateo 25, Jun Tabora 23, Darwin Barbo 21, Dan Ray Hernandez 11, Alex Ocampo 10, Arjay Nonato 6, Jimmy Garcia 2,

Vendetta 84 – Jun Estolas 16, Gino Libuw 14, James Dela Cruz 14, Erwin Gomez 10, Reymark Castro 10, Dexter Tenorio 10, Shin Orbeta 8, James Sablan 2,