1994 opens ASABL on high note, frustrates 1992/1993

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By Frank Leo Aniscal - Published July 4, 2019

 


 

 

The Batch 1994 made quite the impression on its first game in the Aquinas School Alumni Basketball League (ASABL) after drawing first blood against 1992/1993, 66-56, last Sunday at the Aquinas Gym in San Juan City.

With their run-and-gun offense, 1994 found notable players that could be helpful in its campaign for the whole season with the likes of Antonio Steven, Jeff Bacalan, Marco Briones, and Monman Manosca.

Steven, who is also the coach of 1994, proved to be an efficient leader especially in orchestrating their offense. He chipped in 12 points, including a crucial trey in the final stretch, and added eight rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Briones and Bacalan got 13 markers apiece, while Manosca helped with 10 points.

1994 went off aggressively in the opening frame as Bacalan and Briones propelled the team to an 11-0 start. Mañosca's layup and three-pointer gave 1994 a 14-point margin, but Larry Rivera and Alain Mateo finally sparked 1992/1993's offensive run as they trimmed the lead to just seven, 18-11.

With their third stringers making an impact as well, 1994 reestablished momentum at the start of the second quarter, putting up a 14-2 run for the highest lead of the game at 19 points, 32-13. However, 1992/1993 answered back with their own 11-1 rally to trail by only a single digit at the half, 33-24.

Nailing three triples in the third period compared to none of the opposition, 1994 proved they got more variation of shots that made 1992/1993's defense collapse at some points. The latter showed better offense unlike in the first two quarters, but 1994 managed to stay on top heading to the final salvo, 50-36.

Alvin De Guzman dropped back-to-back treys to bring 1992/1993 to within eight at the 7:06 mark of the fourth quarter, but 1994 responded quickly with 8-0 run and raised their lead back to double figures, 60-44. Rivera and Carl Del Monte initiated their last attempt for a possible comeback, but ended up fouling in the final minute as 1994 officially recorded its first win.

Rivera put up a game-high of 20 points, mostly from the paint, while Del Monte gathered 10 markers for 1992/1993.

 

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