Brusko, Hombre, Titan draw first blood in TR Hardwood Hoops 2019 opening


By Frank Leo Aniscal - Published May 2, 2019

Thomson Reuters Hardwood Hoops returned to action as it commenced the 2019 season with exciting matches at the historic Dumlao Gym in Mandaluyong City.

Brusko, Hombre, and Titan came off victorious in their respective debut matches, making good impressions to introduce selves as strong contenders for the coveted trophy.

Jason Ramos and Dominic Calibuyot both tallied double-double performances to guide Brusko to win against Legal, 56-53, finishing with 16 points and 12 rebounds, and 12 points and 10 rebounds, respectively. Ramos was also impressive from the free throw line as he dropped 12 shots from that distance.

Shrugging off a dismal first quarter effort, Brusko picked up the pace in the second frame and continued a massive offensive surge in the second half, outscoring the opposition through a 38-27 exchange in the last two quarters, to break into the win column.

On a Sunday double-header, Hombre, formerly known as the defending champion Panda, dominated the Sentinels after posting a 26-point demolition and only one field goal away from doubling the opposition's production, 54-28.

Chris Reyes was unstoppable inside the paint as he grabbed 13 rebounds on top of his eight markers, and two blocks, while AJ Lagumen got 13 points in Hombre's notable debut.

On the other hand, Titans displayed team chemistry from start to finish as they stopped the Thunders, 68-57, to draw first blood.

Despite being shorthanded coming into this game, Titans still got enough power from its players as three of them finished in double figures, led by Ronald Levy Santos' whopping 25-point outing, along with seven rebounds, five assists, five steals, and a block. Oscar Libunao was one rebound-shy from getting a double-double performance as he chipped in 16 markers, nine boards, and three steals, while Neilyoung Vicente contributed 14 points. Adonroi Alfonso added eight markers and nine rebounds.

Catch the intense battles every Saturday and Sunday and see who among the seven basketball clubs will emerge as the 2019 TR Harwood Hoops champion.