Exile goes 2-0 after defeating Essensa, 80-72

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By Hamsha Nocedo, published July 3, 2019

With some key baskets down the stretch, Exile kept the door closed on Essensa Naturale in carving out an 80-72 victory last Sunday at the Reyes Gym in Mandaluyong.

The undefeated Exile holds the top spot in the team standings, after winning its second straight game. Essensa dropped to third after back-to-back losses.

After posting a 16-point lead at the start of the fourth, Essensa tried to pull-off an upset once again, but Jake Dia and Exile were eager to finish the match.

 

Dia scored just eight points, six of them were the biggest of the game that halted Essensa’s rally in the pay-off period. One of them was a lay-in off a steal, pushing their lead six, 67-61 at 5:24 remaining. 

Then, a minute later Jay Arcusa’s triple increased their margin to nine, and at that point they protected it until the buzzer sounded.

Dia also had eight assists and made his presence on the defensive end with seven rebounds and five steals, while Arcusa chipped in eight points, and four rebounds.

Luis Palagamas led Exile in the scoring department with 19, and grabbed six boards, and Eman Elarmo added 14 and seven boards.

Essensa started the fourth period with a 10-3 run, capped by Bryanne Salenga’s fade away jumper and reduced a 16-point deficit into just six, 67-61 with 6:01 left in the final frame.

Later on, down by 11, Kenneth Paul Cruz had a big triple at 4:24, inching closer, but Exile ended the game with six straight points, in which Essensa couldn’t recover.

Salengga and Cruz had 13 and 23 respectively, stepping it up for the shorthanded Essensa, and Derrick Hubalde couldn’t find his range outside. Salengga also adds 12 rebounds, two blocks and steal under his belt.

Both teams love to run from the get go, with a quicker and faster pace, Exile came on top at the end of the opening period, 24-19.

Exile controlled the pace in the second quarter by their timely fastbreak attempts, up by seven, they used a six to nothing spurt to increase their lead to 13, 37-24 at 2:51, and protected it to go up by nine going to halftime 41-32,.

They carried the momentum in the third canto, and pushed Essensa to their limit. They pushed the lead to fourteen via Palagamas’ triple at the buzzer, 64-50.

 

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