Debuting Exile drops rival Eton in early Corporate Commercial joust


by Jonas Egan Reyes, published February 19, 2020

An early championship rematch took center court Sunday inside The Upper Deck Lifestyle Center, as the 2019 Kings of the Court Corporate Competitive finalists Eton Properties and Exile slugged it out right at the second week of the 2020 Invitationals.

In the end, it was Exile who went home with the victory – carving out a vengeful 85-71 victory over Eton, their tormentors in last year’s KOTC tournament. Last August 2019, Eton copped the Corporate Competitive tournament championship over Exile, 69-64, in a classic one-game finale held inside the same venue.

The familiar foes fought tooth and nail up until the third quarter, with neither team leading by more than five points. Exile closed out the frame with a 12-4 spurt to head into the fourth period with a 62-58 advantage.

With 7:17 left in the contest, Prince Fernandez knocked down a triple – his third of the game – that pushed Exile ahead, 70-60. Raring for a response, Eton head coach Mac Tan rallied his troops, as Jerome Ong and Mitchell Tan spearheading the comeback. Tan’s three-pointer with 2:42 remaining brought down Exile’s lead to just three, 74-71.

Tan’s three, however, turned out to be Eton’s last field goal for the match as Exile closed out the show with an 11-0 blitz. Jay Arcusa knocked down two huge three-point bombs inside the final 2:23 to keep Eton at bay, while Luke Monton detonated a triple of his own to extend Exile’s lead to 12, 83-71.

Fernandez paced Exile with 19 points and six assists. Monton finished with a double-double consisting of 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Arcusa tallied 16 markers.

Mark Francisco, the 2019 Finals Most Valuable Player, led Eton with 16 points. Tan contributed 15 markers on 4-of-8 shooting from the three-point region, while Ong chipped in 14.

Exile grabs their first win in their tournament debut, while Eton absorbs their first defeat in two starts.