JSN beats PPG Paint 76-68

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JSN is still one of the tough teams to beat in the Masters Division of the United Filipino Organization-IT&E Basketball League, notching its fifth win on Sunday by defeating PPG Paint 76-68 at the Gilbert C. Ada Gym.

JSN’s Alegre takes the open shot during Sunday’s game of the UFO-IT&E Basketball League at the Gilbert C. Ada Gym.  Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.

JSN trailed in the opening quarter as PPG Paint played more consistency. The extended range of Ebuen kept PPG Paint alive as he knocked down two triples along with a perimeter shot while Elchico, Galulu, Mareno and Sanciangco added to the scoreboard as PPG Paint ended the first quarter with a two-point advantage.

But in the second canto, they were nowhere to be seen and were barely making any shots. The pressure defense of JSN wreaked havoc, turning each defensive stop into a made bucket on the other end. Ocampo led the JSN onslaught with back-to-back shots, contributing 10 points with Tabora and the rest of the team chipping in for a 24-8 run to give their team the lead, 41-27.

JSN seemed to have the win in the palm of their hands but PPG Paint fought back once again. Ebuen continued to deliver but this time had help as Galulu and Mareno added extra firepower with six points apiece to reduce the gap to two points by the end of the third quarter.

Luckily for JSN, Tabora and Alegre sank the crucial shots in the final few minutes of the game to prevent a PPG Paint comeback and secure the win for JSN, 76-68.

Blue Eagles 73, GSM Hoopaholics 71

The Blue Eagles maintained their undefeated record with a nail-biting victory over the GSM Hoopaholics.

The Hoopaholics’ relentless efforts were evident throughout most of the game. Cadiang shot the lights out from afar draining two triples while Deleon Guerrero used his speed to slash inside and keep the Hoopaholics’ offensive options open. Thanks to a mix of inside play from Manibusan underneath the board, the Hoopaholics were only five points behind by the end of the first half.

The second half was more of a defensive show as the Hoopaholics controlled the paint, forcing the Blue Eagles to rely on their outside shots and quick drives. That was when De Guzman came in, and his ability to handle the ball along with his speed punished the Hoopaholics as he scored 14 points. When all eyes were on De Guzman, Basa was able to take advantage with a few makes from beyond the arc to keep the defense guessing.

The Hoopaholics tried to match the Blue Eagles’ output through continuous teamwork as nearly every Hoopaholic chipped in.

It all came down to the final seconds of the game as the Hoopaholics powered their way to a 71-71 deadlock. However, De Guzman stepped up in crunch time with a crucial layup to hand the Blue Eagles a two-point advantage with a little over five seconds left. The Hoopaholics had the chance to send the game into overtime but Aughenbaugh’s shot did not meet the bottom of the net, and so the Blue Eagles won 73-71.

The third game of the night was won Shirley’s Coffee Shop which outscored Team Lakay 109-79.


JSN 76 - Tabora 24, Ocampo 20, Wesley 7, Tabora 4, Alegre 4, Mungcal 4, Tobias 3, Rosario 2, Santos 2, Jarap 2

PPG Paint 68 - Ebuen 28, Galulu 10, Moreno 8, Elchico 8, Sanciangco 7, Montoya 4


Blue Eagles 73 - De Guzman 26, Schmidt 11, Basa 9, Manolo 6, Demapan 6, Lizama 4, Ashburn 4, Libuw 3, Barbo 2, Rasa 2

Hoopaholics 71 - Deleon Guerrero 16, Cadiang 11, Lauron 12, Manibusan 10, Aughenbaugh 10, Mendez 4, Cabrera 2, Villagomez 2, Babauta 2, Lee 2

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