Dumlao Thursday erases 18-point deficit to stun Elivon in Inter-Pick Up opening

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By Frank Leo Aniscal - Published May 30, 2019

Too much excitement playing on a debut game usually causes a poor start, but Dumlao Thursday shrugged off the rust and found their rhythm down the stretch to draw first blood in the Kings of the Court | STR8 Philippines Inter Pick-Up Invitationals.

Dumlao Thursday cooked up a storm in the second half to overcome an 18-point deficit and slay the defiant young core of Elivon, 68-66, in their match held inside the Dumlao Gym in Mandaluyong City.

After going scoreless in the first half, Issei Sugiyama came alive in the last two periods by scoring 14 points - 13 in the third quarter - and at the same time orchestrate Thursday's offense. He also ended up with nine rebounds, seven assists and five steals.

Elivon showed a terrific first half performance, proving that they can go up against a bigger opponent and not giving Dumlao Thursday a chance to taste the lead.

Elivon even stretched their lead to 18 - the biggest of the game - at the 5:45 mark of the third quarter. Sugiyama then stole the show and sparked Dumlao's fightback, finishing the quarter with a massive 15-2 outburst to only trail by five, 49-44, heading to the final frame.

John Bryan Jemina hit long range shots to put Elivon ahead by nine points, but Dumlao already realized their size advantage as their big men bullied their way inside the shaded area.

The taller Dumlao side retaliated with an 11-0 run to snatch the lead, 56-54, with 5:36 left in the match.

With both teams showing their eagerness to get the first victory, Dumlao and Elivon traded crucial baskets down to the last minute. However, Sugiyama's return coming from an ankle sprain he sustained earlier in the fourth quarter changed the game's story as his entry injected winning mentality to his team. Galon, Franco See and Carlo Cayamanda had split charities, and those were enough to give Dumlao the victory.

Ronaldo Galon contributed a double-double effort made up of 18 markers and 12 boards, while Louis John Ranosa tallied 14 points to help Dumlao Thursday.

Nicko Abad was impressive for Elivon as he chipped in a game-high 21 points. Jemina helped with 13 markers, Charles Forca tallied 11 and Mark Anthony Gabon got 10 points. GR Rausa collected 12 rebounds.

 

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