Hoops Project outguns Dumlao Thursday, cops fourth straight win

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By John Mark Herrera - Published March 4, 2020

On a roll now for their fourth straight victory is Hoops Project, after passing yet another tough test in their campaign on Sunday at The Upper Deck Lifestyle Center in Ortigas, Pasig City.

The Leo Centenera-mentored ballclub had to overturn a shaky first half before unleashing their lethal form in the second half. A 42-38 count at halftime had Dumlao Thursdays in front, thanks to a splendid start - carrying the momentum from their winning streak. But up against an undefeated squad, the black shirts never saw what was about to hit them come third quarter.

Hoops Project caught fire in the third frame, where the trio of Paul Goyenechea, AJ Cadelina, and former Dumlao Thursday guard Issei Sugiyama, led a fiery fight back as they unload a huge 29 quarter points to end the 10-minute rout with a 67-62 lead heading into the payoff period. Come final quarter, Dumlao Thursdays would keep themselves within striking distance with Obico and Arcilla pumping life to their play.

But the effort would go down the drain as the white shirts proved to have enough fuel to duplicate their thir quarter outburst and hold off the opposition to just 36 points in the second half, while scoring a game-changing 49 big points to secure win number four.

Goyenechea led the victor with 24 points, seven boards, and made all six of his charities. Cadelina and Sugiyama each had 14 points while combining for seven rebounds and five assists. Big contributions also came from Cyrus Contreras, who scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds, Carl Meñez added nine markers, seven boards, and a block, while Steven Rabanal was all over the place with eight points, eight rebounds, and six assists for Hoops Project.

For Dumlao Thursdays, their streak may have been halted, but the solid contributions continued in this one. Jefferson Obico led the team with 20 points and 10 rebounds, Rffy Arcilla logged 19 markers and three steals, Edsel Yap added 14 points. Pat Belleza finished with nine points, four rebounds, and two assists, while Mavi Ferrer's six points, seven rebounds, and three steals and Louis Rañosa's six points and 10 rebounds cap off the solid numbers for the squad.

Dumlao Thursdays played all of their eliminations games and will now look to bounce back come playoff time, while Hoops Project still has Born Ballers in their list of assignments, as they play their final game of the eliminations before jumping up to the knockout stages.