Former champ Southern Cross erases 18-point deficit to win debut over Learn to Trade


By Frank Leo Aniscal - Published February 5, 2020

The season just has started but the competition in the Corporate Division has already became so intense as former champion Southern Cross drew a come-from-behind win over Learn to Trade, 91-88.

Down by 14 going to the fourth quarter, Southern Cross applied full-court pressure which led to Learn to Trade's series of turnovers.

Jheyar Marcelo sparked Southern Cross comeback by pouring key fastbreak baskets until hitting a top of the key trey that sent them on top in the 4:15 mark, 83-82.

Then, Jayson Santos gained his confidence inside the shaded area, converting six of the last eight points of Southern Cross that secured their debut win.

Not taking a lot of shots in the first half, Marcelo delivered a massive effort in the last two periods for Southern Cross on his way to finishing with 27 points, 12 of 15 from the field and perfect on his two shots from the charity stripe. He also had eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block.

Santos was a rebound-shy for a double-double game as he scored 16 markers, while JR Ramos and Wynald Sultan dropped 20 and 14 points, respectively.

On the other hand, five of Learn to Trade's seven players came up with double digit performances. Jeffrey Valencia almost got a triple-double after tallying 19 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds, and two steals, while Jayson Tanao-Tanao gathered 21 markers and nine boards. Ronald Dizon got 18, Janz Tuazon had 14 and Martin Belmonte made 11.

Learn to Trade displayed a remarkable shooting performance after making 8 three-pointers compared to Southern Cross' only two. It enabled them to hold a lead as high as 18 points in the third quarter.

Unfortunately, their stamina was questionable because of lacking of bench players which Southern Cross took advantage of in the final frame, doing damage defensively while translating possessions into baskets and eventually stole the victory.