Carlo Eusebio shines anew as Pink Dads escape TKOVER

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By Frank Leo Aniscal - Published March 3, 2020

Carlo Eusebio propelled Pink Dads to an 88-84 win over TKOVER as he finished with a triple double to record their fourth straight win in the Inter-Pick Up Division of KOTC Invitational held at The Upper Deck Gym in Ortigas, Pasig City.

Showing explosiveness in the open court and commanding their offense, the young Eusebio directed the flow of the game as he gathered 23 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists, plus two steals under his name.

Aldrin Yambot posted a game-high of 27 points, while Paul Gan added 16 to help Pink Dads claim the victory.

Leading by 10 with less than two minutes on the clock, Pink Dads became a little bit complacent until noticing TKOVER's late comeback rally. Luckily the lead was enough to give them the win as they preserved a four-point cushion before the time expired.

On a high scoring first quarter, Pink Dads used their outside shooting to get the edge against TKOVER as they took in control with a 27-22 lead.

Pink Dads held their highest lead of the first half after Yambot buried a trey to make it 45-34.

However, TKOVER answered back in the latter minutes and managed to cut the deficit to just four before the halftime break, 49-45.

 

Michael Tonel opened the third period with a three-pointer followed by Gan's fastbreak conversion as they stretched Pink Dads' lead, 54-45. Unfortunately, Pink Dads failed to maintain the momentum as TKOVER rallied back after CJ Bruno and Vince Claravall made a trey each to officially claim the lead, 66-65. But closing out the third positively, Eusebio delivered two fast break baskets to help Pink Dads regain the upper hand going to the final salvo, 69-66.

As the game stayed close in the first few minutes of the fourth, Gan and Eusebio picked up the pace and began Pink Dads' blistering attacks as they put TKOVER behind by double figures, 88-78, with less than two minutes left. TKOVER was able to make a late run but for no avail as time was near to expire.

Calvin Chua got 22 points for TKOVER, who dropped their second straight games to have a 1-2 slate, as Ryan Wong fell just a rebound-short for his double-double performance after making 12 markers. Marvin Manaois had 11.