Towering Exile 35 Up downs DBTI for breakthrough win

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By John Mark Herrera – Published February 11, 2020

The 35ers of team Exile logged their first Inter Pick-up League victory after a 82-71 count against Intermediate Division titleholder, DBTI, in the second game of the Saturday afternoon games at The Upper Deck Lifestyle Center.

Jay Arcusa keyed in 17 markers, Jay-R Patricio gathered 12 points, while Noah Baltazar hauled in 13 points and 13 boards to fuel their team's attack in the debut victory. Experience and their killer instinct were the main weapon that Exile 35Up delivered as they copped win number one--thanks to brilliant performances from their tall frontline.

Down 34-36 against a formidable DBTI squad, Exile banked on dominating the boards and matched the Bosconians' offensive prowess, with a lethal version of their own. The Joey Valencia-owned team managed to snatch the lead at the end of the third quarter, 60-55, after playing catch-up ball for the most part of the ballgame.

A tight back and forth action sent both teams to a 63-59 count near midway the payoff period. In the final two minutes of the final chapter, Exile relied on crucial conversion off of DBTI's turnovers and missed opportunities, to elevate their advantage to a 10-point margin, 71-61. Exile would never look back as the team finished with 10 more points, while DBTI matched the output in the final minutes, the effort wasn't enough as Exile completed the breakaway.

Skidding down to their second defeat in as many games, DBTI still had solid outputs from Irvin Gomez, who had 19 points, while Brix Estabillo added 11 points, six boards, and six assist. Aaron Molo rounds out the double figure scorers, while Piel Ordañez contributed seven markers and three players keyed in six points, namely Ian Ples, Jaj Baltazar, and Mark Millan.

They will have another shot for a breakthrough win in a week's time, as the Estabillo brothers clash in the much anticipated Villamor-DBTI match up on February 15, at The Upper Deck Lifestyle Center in Ortigas, Pasig City.