Wells Fargo moves up to third spot at expense of winless Optum Global Solutions


By Frank Leo Aniscal - Published July 10, 2019



Wells Fargo pushed the determined Optum Global Solutions to their limits and managed to draw an important win, 74-66, to get a shared third spot on the standings of Corporate Invitational Intermediate Division held at The Upper Deck Lifestyle Center in Pasig City.


Trailing by a point after a close first half encounter, Wells Fargo changed the tempo and started gaining control in the third period, punctuated by Ronjay Orendain's halfcourt buzzer-beater, as they built a double digit lead heading to the fourth.


They kept Optum Global Solutions at bay in the final canto as they improved their record to 3-2 slate, tied with IBM who won against Southern Cross.


A beast inside the paint, Alberto Rodil collected 10 baseline shots and added two free throws to finish with 22 points on a 72 percent field goal shooting. He also gathered three boards, two steals, and one assists. Andrew Catindoy supported with 19 markers.


Going toe-to-toe in the opening period, both teams had no plan to give each other any momentum as they answered each other's baskets, making five deadlocks and seven lead changes. However, Wells Fargo took a one possession lead, 20-18.


Wells Fargo saw the hole on Optum's defense and took a 12-6 rally to get an eight-point lead, 32-24. Unfortunately, they fell complacent in the latter minutes as Optum closed out the first half with 9-0 spurt to steal the advantage, 33-32.


Getting back into their fighting form, Wells Fargo recovered the lead as Joseph Arcilla made impact in the offensive end. Orendain then surprised the whole crowd with his half-court buzzer-beater that gave Wells Fargo the first double digit lead of the game, 58-47.


Rodil continuously pounced his defenders underneath the basket, while Catindoy initiated the transition attacks as Wells Fargo did not let go of the advantage until cruising to an 11-point victory.


Valdes teased a double-double performance as he got 15 points and nine rebounds, Ralph Javier made 17 markers, while Lawrence Keith Cabrera and Dwight Manuel had 12 points apiece. Unfortunately, they ran out of gas in the end as they still search for the elusive victory.



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