Elivon tames fiery Brotherhood for first win

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By Hamsha Nocedo, published June 6, 2019

Buoyed by their crowd support, Elivon notched their first victory in the Kings of the Court | STR8 Philippines Inter Pick-up Invitationals via a 77-56 drubbing of LSBC Brotherhood in their encounter held last June 2 at The Upper Deck in Ortigas.

Nicko Abad led the former Knights division champs Elivon to pull away from the get-go, making a series of pull-up jumpers and lay-ups coming off steals. Abad led a six-to-nothing run at end the first quarter to put Elivon ahead by 14, 26-12.

The mighty mouse-like Abad rattled for 20 points while shooting scintillating 61% from the field, 66% inside the three point line and 50% outside.

Lethal scorer added 18 points, shooting 60%, and Art Adriano chipped in 13 markers, making half of his shot from the field.

Meanwhile, Geno Anderson and the Brotherhood tried to turn things around in the second quarter, putting a necessary adjustment to slow down Abad, and made a run for themselves.

They managed to cut the deficit to nine before going to halftime, but it wasn’t enough as Elivon continued what they started and finished the game stronger.

Anderson had 17 points and six rebounds, Mark Magelo added 13 and six, and Brandon Espiras mustard for 11 points, seven rebounds, and seven assist.

Elivon’s defense make it difficult for their opponent to execute their half court offense in the second half.

Lacking of height, the winning team focused on their strength, their speed and quickness.

They pressure the ball every time they had a chance, resulted to 30 Brotherhood turnovers, in which some of them were converted into fastbreak points.

With their sticky defensive scheme, they started the quarter with an 11-0 barrage, and reached their largest margin at 20, 50-30 courtesy of Gentapa’s off the glass jumper, forcing to Brotherhood for an early timeout.

Brotherhood managed to cut the edge to 11 entering to the final frame, however Elivon still had a gas left on their tank, increasing their lead further and never look back.

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