Don Bosco routs DU Basketball for second Inter Pick-up win


By Jonas Egan Reyes, published June 12, 2019

Flaunting their offensive firepower in the fourth quarter, Don Bosco-Saturdays bested DU Basketball, 97-74, in their June 9 encounter in the Kings of the Court | STR8 Philippines Inter Pick-up Invitationals, held at The Upper Deck Sport Center in Ortigas.

Ahead 57-56 at the end of the third period, the Bosconians dropped 40 points in the final frame to waylay DU Basketball and notch their second victory - against one loss - in the 10-team tournament.

Brix Estabillo knocked down a three-pointer at the final 2:19 mark to cap off a backbreaking 19-5 run, giving Don Bosco an 85-68 headway.

The first half of the ballgame, though, didn’t show any signs of a possible blowout.

Don Bosco opened up the contest firing, jumping DU Basketball with a 16-4 spurt. DU Basketball willed themselves back to contention with a 14-2 blitz to tie the contest at 18 with 2:13 remaining in the first frame.

In the second quarter, DU Basketball overtook Don Bosco, 36-28, at the 4:13 mark courtesy of a 13-4 outburst, highlighted by two triples from JC Cifra. This time, it was the Bosconian’s turn to rally as Estabillo and Aaron Molo presided over an 11-0 barrage that pushed their team ahead 39-36.

Molo and Ian Ples paced Don Bosco with 18 points apiece, while Miro Manere finished with a 16-point, 16-rebound double-double performance.

Cifra and JB De Belen both scored 22 markers for DU Basketball.

The Bosconians flexed their muscles in the rebounding department, collaring 54 boards compared to DU Basketball’s 38. The defending KOTC | STR8 Inter Pick-up champions also shot better from the field, converting 43 of their 90 attempts (47%), compared to DU Basketball who went 26-of-75 (34%) for the match.



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