1978/1985 makes first back-to-back wins as 1987/1988 falls in debut


By Frank Leo Aniscal - Published July 11, 2019




Roaring with back-to-back wins, 1978/1985 made themselves recognized as one of the toughest teams in Aquinas School Alumni Basketball League (ASABL) Inter-Batch tournament after spoiling 1987/1988's debut, 67-55.

Dropping shots in various ways, 1978/1985 had the opponents scampering on defense as Rey Legaspi and Chris Conwi took care of business inside the paint, while Benny Yu, Egay Sandoval and Joel Oppus dropped daggers from three-point territory.

Legaspi poured a team-high of 11 points, along with eight rebounds and one steal, while Conwi put up impressive numbers by collecting seven markers, five rebounds, five assists, and two steals. Yu and Oppus nailed three three-pointers each to finish with nine points as Sandoval made two from the rainbow country. Raymund Fran helped in controlling the board as he got nine rebounds.

Gan took over in the early minutes as 1987/1988 started off with a rampaging 13-2 spurt. But as the second five of 1978/1985 came to rescue, the latter made their defense felt by the leading team and pulled off their own 13-2 rally that sent the game back to square-one, 15-all.

Carrying the momentum into the second period, Yu buried a corner triple to give 1978/1985 its first lead as it sparked the team's 17-4 run, spearheaded by Legaspi's seven points, and get a commanding lead of 13 points, 32-19. However, 1987/1988 found a way to cut the deficit to single digit at the end of first half, 34-26.

The 1978/1985 squad kept their control of the game as both teams showed sign of running out of gas in the third period that made it a low-scoring quarter. 1978/1985 entered the final canto with a nine-point cushion, 47-38.

Making sure of taking their second victory, 1978/1985 has been rejuvenated in the fourth quarter as Legaspi's baseline domination and Yu's outside shooting propelled the team to a 10-0 rally to hold their biggest lead at 19 points, 57-38. The trailing team somehow cut the deficit down to single digit but fell short in the end.

Stepping up for 1987/1988, Gan scored 12 points, while Michael Cruz and Alvin Go combined for 14 markers and 17 boards.


Player of the Game - Chris Conwi

Chris Conwi may not be a heavy scorer, but the way he urges his teammates to play the best way they can, and gives commands to the team makes himself an important piece to 1978/1985's successful start of the ASABL Inter-Batch tournament.

With a lot of guys who are dependable in the offensive end, Conwi decided to take the role as the orchestrator of the offense and made solid contribution on defense as well.

He delivered seven points, five rebounds, five assists, and two steals to be named as the Player of the Game.