Islander Rent-A-Car slips past GSM Hoopaholics, 78-73

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IT was anyone’s game as it came down to the wire, but Islander Rent-A-Car gradually worked its way to a 78-73 victory against the GSM Hoopaholics on Sunday in the Open Division of the United Filipino Organization-IT&E Basketball League 2019 at the Gilbert C. Ada Gym.

Islander Ken Viray goes up for the shot during Sunday’s game of the UFO-IT&E Basketball League at the Gilbert C. Ada Gym.  Photo by James F. Sablan Jr. 

It was a nail-biting match right from the start as both teams had an answer for every shot. The Hoopaholics grasped control first thanks to the in-and-out offensive work of Shane Deleon Guerrero and Mel Manibusan. Deleon Guerrero used his speed to slip past defenders and constantly attacked the rim to score eight points. When the defense closed the driving lanes, Manibusan was able to provide safety from underneath the rim as he used his body to punish the Islanders inside the paint with eight points of his own to extend his team’s lead, 23-15.

The Islanders started slow but made up for it with a sudden rally in the second quarter. They aimed to score from within the perimeter but struggled to get pass the Hoopaholics’ big men as only Standish could force in a few points. Fortunately Mangali took advantage of the situation by using his three-point skills to keep the Islanders’ offensive options open. He knocked down three consecutive triples while Viray scored four points to snatch the lead.

The Hoopaholics struggled to regain momentum as they fell behind 39-42. In the third canto, however, they powered their way inside where they shot at a high percentage thanks to Fitial, Aghenbaugh and Lauron. The Islanders were less efficient and lost the lead, 54-57.

But the Hoopaholics could not keep the rhythm flowing in the final quarter. They continued their inside play but could not match the Islanders’ run-and-gun strategy. The Hoopaholics allowed Viray to pick up 10 points and snatch the lead for his team once again. The Islanders then added extra cushion as Mangali, Standish and Kapua sank a few more buckets for a 78-73 victory.

AK Toyota 66, Pacific Islands Club 54

The Pacific Islands Club is still looking for its first win of the season after losing to AK Toyota in the second Open Division game of the night.

It was a low-scoring game due to the defensive work of both teams. It was also a fairly even match at first with just a two-point spread for Toyota. But in the second quarter, Toyota’s Lilles caught on fire, connecting back-to-back shots and carrying his team with 12 points while Brennan joined with seven points for a double-digit Toyota lead, 35-17.

PIC recovered during halftime and its players started to hit their shots in the third canto. Abuy found his range and drained three makes from beyond the arc with Soblemente and Mateo contributing buckets to combine for 10 points and reduce the gap to 12 points. But in the end they failed to get the help needed from the rest of the PIC players who could not match their opponent’s production. Toyota won, 66-54.


Islander Rent-A-Car 78 - Viray 23, Mangali 18, Standish 11, Kapua 7, Quan 6, Torres 4, Mintac 2, Santos 2, Ritual 2

GSM Hoopaholics 73 - Deleon Guerrero 20, Manibusan 16, Aughenbaugh 11, Lauron 11, Babuata 5, Fitial 5, Tenorio 3, Cabrera 2


AK Toyota 66 - Lilles 28, Brennan 16, Coldeen 6, Guilas 6, Seekol 3, Jones 2

Pacific Islands Club 54 - Abuy 22, Soblemente 13, Mateo 13, Bartolo 2, Castro 2

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