Casibang stars as Exile Inc. nears elims sweep with win over Concentrix


By Frank Leo Aniscal – Published March 4, 2020

Exile Inc. used a late 11-2 rally to avoid Concentrix's comeback attempt, 76-64, as they stayed undefeated in the Corporate Commercial Division of KOTC Invitational, Sunday at The Upper Deck Gym in Ortigas, Pasig.

As their lead as many as 23 points got trimmed to just eight, Exile felt the challenge in the payoff period and pushed their lead back to double figures to record their third win. They will try to sweep the elimination round when they battle lowest seed Maynilad.

It was totally a collective effort for Exile Inc. on both ends, but their big men have shown dominance inside the paint as three of them finished in double figures. Choy Casibang almost had a double-double performance as he delivered 13 points, nine rebounds, three steals, and one blocked shot.

Luke Monton had the team-high of 14 points, Jayr Patricio contributed 12, and Jun Saldana had 11.

Exile pulled off two key runs to build a double digit margin in the opening period and even continued the onslaught in the second as they held their highest lead of 23 points, 41-18. They finished the first half ahead by 18, 43-25.

As the early minutes of the third quarter turned out as trade of baskets, Concentrix found a way to end the period on a high note ss their 14-4 late run cut the Exile Inc. lead to only 11 points, 57-46.

Adan Lagnas' triple put Concentrix even closer, 62-54, but Exile responded positively after the break and quickly executed an 11-2 run before pulling back their key players as the victory was already on their hands.

Lagnas had a game-high of 16 points, but no other Concentrix player finished in double figures. Rom Talagtag and Jerico San Diego got nine markers each, while Antonio Ramos had eight points.