Abarrientos explodes in the fourth as Alveo Sales shoots down Factset

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By Frank Leo Aniscal, published June 5, 2019

With JC Abarrientos on fire from beyond the arc in the fourth quarter, Alveo Sales climbed back from a 17-point deficit to eke out an 84-77 come-from-behind win against Factset in the Kings of the Court | STR8 Philippines 2019 Corporate Recreational Invitationals, held last June 2 at The Upper Deck Sports Center in Ortigas.

Abarrientos knocked down all of his seven attempts from the three-point territory to lead Alveo Sales to their first win in this seven-team tournament.

Quiet for the first three quarters, Abarrientos felt the sense of urgency in the final frame which began with Factset in possession of a huge lead. Abarrientos took over of Alveo Sales' offense and went unstoppable, scoring 23 of his 30 points in the said period. Alveo Sales exploded with a 28-6 run in the fourth quarter to clinch the victory.

Alveo Sales had a strong opening quarter as their big men stepped up, notably at the halfway mark where they rallied for an 11-2 run which gave the team a 25-16 lead.

Unfortunately, Alveo Sales failed to sustain the momentum in the second period as Factset suddenly erupted in the offensive end while holding off Alveo Sales to just four points. Factset carried a 13-point cushion to the second half, 42-29.

Bouncing back in the third quarter, Alveo Sales put extra work on defense and made sure to convert those stops into baskets as they came back to within two points with less than three minutes left on the clock. However, Factset refused to let go of their advantage, answering with a 9-0 run to finish the third canto with a 57-46 lead.

Rein Gaitan continued his fiery attacks at the start of the fourth, leading Factset to their biggest lead at 17 points. But that also woke up the sleeping winning attitude of Alveo Sales as Abarrientos found his rhythm from the three-point area to lead his team in completing the comeback win.

Mark Hequibal showcased his athleticism in his 13-point performance, while April Manuel and Reychan Bernaldez combined for 17 markers. 

Gaitan anchored Factset's offense with a team-high of 26 points, while Erwin Guevarras finished with 22 markers. Jonathan Dela Cruz and Cynrich Domingo gathered 10 points each as Factset suffered their first defeat in two outings.

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