Aquino shows way with a triple-double as Pink Dad’s neutralize Aquinas Exile

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By Jacob Canlas – Published February 11, 2020


Far from the post-season, yet a playoff-calibre showdown unraveled Saturday afternoon at the Upper Deck as Pink Dad’s decks out a brewing resurgence by Aquinas Exile and flatten their slate 1-1. The paint shred its color as both team executed down low. Aquinas Exile finally met their match in ball rotation as Pink Dad’s took helm, connecting cross court passes for the open man with the easy finish.

Paul Gan exploded for 23 points and four assists along with his brother-in-arms Michael Tonel dropping 13 points, and five assists. The duo manned duties in distributing the ball sparking a 6-0 rally in fast break to completely overtake their antagonists’ 8-points ahead to close the third.

With Aquinas Exile down and under as much as 11 points in the opening minutes of the fourth, they employed their trademark defense – no spaces for the man with the ball. Like a predator stalking the prey, Aquinas Exile slowly erased the double-digit lead maximizing each possession and cleaning up missed shots.

Larry Rivera spearheaded the resurgence and capped it off with an and-1 play to close out the deficit by three points, 74-71, with two minutes to play. The already warmed Larry Rivera almost mustered in a double-double of 14 points, and eight rebounds while JayR Patricio amassed 18 points, and five rebounds.

The contention for the power inside the paint was settled when Pink Dads managed to halt Aquinas Exile’s advances for a game-tying shot at 76-73 with 11.3 seconds remaining, allowing the former team to register their first victory, 77-73. Patrick Aquino managed to stop the lengthy and robust Aquinas Exile cagers with a whopping triple-double of 11 points, 21 rebounds, and ten assists for his first player of the game recognition