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Islander Rent A Car slips past Eats Easy x The Game

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ISLANDER Rent A Car managed to snatch victory from Eats Easy x The Game in the United Filipino Organization-IT&E Basketball League Open Division on Saturday at the Gilbert C. Ada Gym. It was the alley-oop clutch shot executed by Mac Mintac in the game’s last few seconds that gave the Islanders a 95-93 victory.

Islander’s Mangali pulls up for the three-point shot during  Saturday’s game of the UFO-IT&E Basketball League at the Gilbert C. Ada Gym.  Photo by James F. Sablan Jr. 

The game was a head-on collision as both teams had an answer for every shot made. Islander was in control most of the time thanks to its run-and-gun play. Islander started with a balanced offense as JR Barrios, Eugene Mangali and Mintac contributed a bucket each off fastbreak opportunities to give their team a six-point advantage.

Eats Easy then struck back after a timeout to reassess its strategy. Joe Sablan and Kevin Dayao fired a triple each while Jun Javier and Arnold Arellano chipped in from inside the paint as their team trailed by just one point 14-15.

Islander picked up the pace in the second canto as Ken Viray heated up with six points, leading the run with Mintac right by his side with seven points of his own. But Eats Easy answered back with continuous post moves carried by Javier and Arellano while Dayao and Jun Fidelino maintained the ranged assault for a one-possession distance.

After the halftime break, Islander begin spreading the floor with more outside shots to match Eats Easy’s output. Bryan Santos and JR Barrios chipped in three makes from beyond the arc while Viray and Mintac kept the fuel burning with 10 points combined to give Islander room to breathe, 66-61.

But Eats Easy was not to be counted out so easily as its players returned in the final quarter with all they had. Arellano and Javier continued to punish Islander from underneath the rim. And with the help of Fidelino, Dayao and Sablan who drained four triples total, the lead was cut down to just three points.

In the last few seconds of the game, Eats Easy’s Prince Factor shook off defenders and pulled up for a three-point shot that tied the game, 93-93.

Islander then executed an even more jaw-dropping shot with Mintac under the rim where he leaped and tossed the ball up in time for an alley-oop that secured the win for his team, 95-93.

Joining the win column on Saturday night was JSN which defeated Gilas Batang 81-76.

Scores

Islander Rent-A-Car 95 - Ken Viray 23, Mark Mintac 22, JR Barrios 11, Bryan Santos 7, Eugene Mangali 9, Atikapua 7, Rodel Pastrona 6, Josh Andrew 4, Joseph Torres 2, Rocyl Ritual 2

Eats Easy x The Game 93 - Arnold Arellano 20, Joe Sablan 17, Jun Javier 16, Jun Fidelino 15, Prince Factor 10, Kevin Dayao 11, Jun Del Rosario 4

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