2005 announces strength after 23-point rout of 2007


By Frank Leo Aniscal - Published July 4, 2019

Batch 2005 took away an overpowering debut victory after punishing the younger 2007 team, 74-51, in the opening week of Aquinas School Alumni Basketball League held at Aquinas Gym in San Juan City.

A rousing start by its first five gave confidence to the whole team as 2005's early 15-point advantage made it difficult for 2007 to get inti close distance all-throughout the match.

Homer Lopez put his defenders into a dancing lesson after showing off his handles and shooting prowess. And despite his size disadvantage, he found open spots for baseline baskets as he flirted a double-double performance of 17 points and nine rebounds. Anthony Dominic Ramos gathered 11 markers, while Mark Gerald Dela Guerra controlled the board with 11 rebounds.

Turning their excitement into great execution of offense, 2005's first stringers overwhelmed their counterpart as they easily built a commanding 15-point lead before getting replaced by the second five, 18-3. 2007 bounced back in the latter half of the first quarter behind Emmanuel Bado's leadership as 2004 just added a single field goal, 20-9.

John Carlo Martinez's triple gave 2007 a better start of the second period as they were able to stay within single digit down to the last two minutes of the first half. Unfortunately, their defense collapsed as 2005 used the remaining minutes to extend their lead to 15 points, 40-25.

Finding the right mix of players in the third canto, 2005 shut the doors for 2007 as they built their biggest lead at 30 points, highlighted by four three-pointers, 63-33.

Despite slowing a bit in the offensive end, 2005 still played well on defense to protect the huge advantage until the clock expired.

Emmanuel Bado shouldered 2005's offense as he produced 19 points, but found no help from other players. Jesse Royce Gulmatico contributed nine markers and nine boards.


Player of the Game - Homer Lopez

Who says a plus-sized guy cannot be as fast as lighter opponents? Homer Lopez broke this perception as he shone using his ball handling skills and dazzled against his defenders in 2005's successful debut over 2007.

Not only that, Lopez was also able to contribute inside the shaded area by finding the open spots while waiting for the drop passes, leaving him wide open for high-percentage shots.

The pesky guard delivered an almost double-double of 17 points, in 7 out of 11 field goal shooting, and nine rebounds, along with four assists. This incredible effort made Lopez the Player of the Game.