Blue Eagles beat Eats Easy x The Game for 6th straight win

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THE Blue Eagles continue to soar in the open division of the United Filipino Organization-UFO Basketball League as they collected their sixth consecutive victory by defeating Eats Easy x The Game, 83-74, on Saturday at the Gilbert C. Ada Gym.

Blue Eagles’ Preston Basa, the RNV Villaroyal Best Player of the Game, poses with  UFO committee members at the Gilbert C. Ada Gym on Saturday.  Photo by James F. Sablan Jr. 
Old iSkool’s Ed Pangelinan poses with the UFO committee after he was named the RNV Villaroyal Best Player of the Game on Saturday at the Gilbert C. Ada Gym.  Photo by James F. Sablan Jr. 

The Blue Eagles were up against speed which The Game’s roster was filled with. The Blue Eagles, however, had range and power. Preston Basa opened up the scoreboard by sinking a shot from beyond the arc while De Guzman slashed his way inside with six points.

The Game replied with three-pointers courtesy of Dayao and Sablan, but it was Arellano who stole the spotlight as he led the opening quarter with nine points using his body to force his way inside while drawing a few fouls. Because of his heroics, his team trailed by just two points.

The Blue Eagles tried to hold onto the lead but only De Guzman, Basa and Schmidt remained consistent. The Game gradually tied the score as Fidelino found his stroke, scoring seven points while Factor, Sablan and Dayao kept the range with a triple each to end the first half, 37-37.

Despite The Game’s efforts, they could not match the Blue Eagles’ inside game in the third canto as Lizama dropped five points while Basa rained from the three-point lane alongside Schmidt as the Blue Eagles regained the lead, 59-52.

The Game was unable to deliver from underneath the rim, and its players were forced to create makes from around the perimeter. But without the high percentage shots, they continued to fall further behind, eventually bowing down to the Blue Eagles which won 83-74.

Old iSkool 110, Gilas Batang 81

In the Masters Division, Old iSkool proved that it is still the top contender after pummeling Gilas Batang.

It was a three-point show from Old iSkool as Pangelinan just could not miss, sinking three in a row to score 15 points in just the first quarter for a 31-11 Old iSkool lead.

Gilas Batang started to pick up the pace in the second quarter as Jugos, Dacumos and Wijangco found their range but Old iSkool still held a 20-point advantage.

Gilas Batang’s best run came during the third canto as Tibayan caught on fire, sizzling 10 points with Jugos and Wijangco right by his side to reduce the deficit to 17 points.

However, their constant misses gave Old iSkool the go-ahead on the other end as Abuy, De Guzman and Montano combined for 15 points with Pangelinan in the frontline sinking five triples total to lock in the win, 110-81.

Scores:

Blue Eagle 83 - Basa 20, De Guzman 20, Schmidt 13, Lizama 13, Libuw 8, Manolo 5, Baleo 3, Demapan 2, Santos 2

Eats Easy x The Game 74 - Fidelino 12, Arellano 12, Sablan 11, Dayao 9, Factor 7, Erdene 6, Cabaltica 5, Pangelinan 2, Torregoza 2

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Old iSkool 110 - Pangelinan 34, Montano 20, Estolas 15, Abuy 14, Bablo 9, Manabat 4, Antonio 4, DeGuzman 4, Bartolo 4

Gilas Batang 81 - Jugos 22, Tibayan 18, Dacumos 11, Wijangco 10, Basa 6, Lagado 4, Tibayan 3, De Jesus 2, David 2

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