Kabayan Gents Tailoring register overtime win over Ican Apparel

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Kabayan Gents Tailoring defeated Ican Customised Apparel in Dubai on Friday night.

Visiting Al Ain team Kabayan Gents Tailoring registered a 116-110 overtime win over Ican Customised Apparel in Jazzville Basketball League at the Jumeira Baccalaureate School Dubai on Friday night.

Kabayan Gents Tailoring capitalised on their superb outside shooting and employed suffocating defence in the fourth quarter to erase a 21-point deficit and win the game in the extra period.

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Centre JR Ng-Sang led the Al Ain-based hoopers with 34 points and got a boost from former PBA (Philippine Basketball Assoiciation) player Jonathan Fernandez who added 21, including five triples. Edwin Manabat, Roy Cayanan and Gilbert Neo contributed 15 each while Jonjon Madamba finished with 11.

Former pro player Sonny Toring paced Ican with a game-high 36 points, followed by shooting guard Jeff Roque with 18 while Arnold Aguila, Jayson Araneta, Gani Mercado, and Jeric Serdenia all registered 13 markers each.

Ican were in control in the first three quarters. Aguila, Araneta and Mercado dropped a pair of triples each while Toring and Alwyn Flores dominated the shaded lane to give Ican a strong start and an eight-point cushion, 32-24, after the first 10 minutes.

The Jazzville Basketball League clash took place at the Jumeira Baccalaureate School Dubai.

They remained in the driver’s seat in the second quarter and pulled away in the third frame after Aguila completed a rare four-point play, off a foul from Manabat, to give Ican a huge 21-point lead, 84-63.

But Kabayan Gents were not stunned and picked themselves up. They unloaded a series of three-pointers coupled with tough man-to-man defence to wipe out the deficit and grab the lead for the first time, 94-93, after Cayanan scored on a strong drive to the basket with only a minute left in the regulation period.

Ng-Sang added another point after splitting his free throws but Serdenia tied the scores at 95-all before Manabat made it 97-95 in favour of Kabayan Gents with only 14 seconds remaining.

Serdenia then sent the game into overtime after making his two free throws but Ican ran out of gas in the extra period before Madamba and Fernandez dropped a pair of triples each to secure the win for Kabayan Gents.

“We never felt threatened even though we were down by 21 points,” Kabayan Gents player-coach Jason Umali told Sport360.

“We just patiently executed our offence and played tough match-up defence to bounce back and win.”

For his part Jake Celocia said: “It was tough luck we squandered a big lead but fatigue caught up with us and we never had any substitution in the extra period. We started strong but we did not finish strong.”

Scorers:

Kabayan Gents Tailoring 116 – JR Ng-Sang 34; Jonathan Fernandez 21; Edwin Manabat 15; Roy Cayanan 15; Gilbert Neo 15; Jonjon Madamba 11; Jason Umali 3; Ian Ignacio 2

Ican Customised Apparel 110 – Sonny Toring 36; Jeff Roque 18; Gani Mercado 13; Jeric Serdenia 13; Arnold Aguila 13; Jayson Araneta 13; Alwyn Flores 4

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Up for it: Bisaya Tanan (maroon) are among the favourites to grab the Class D division (1) honours in the JBL.

Local basketball aficionados are sure to cap the year with a bang as Jazzville Basketball League kicks off one of the biggest amateur tournaments in Dubai on Friday at the Jumeira Baccalaureate School.

Twenty-eight teams will vie for the Cup, total cash prize of 26,000 dirhams and bragging rights in four divisions: Inter-hotel; Inter-company; Class D (6ft below); and Inter-tailoring (sports apparel).

Expect loads of basketball action and some interesting side notes as old foes and emerging rivalries collide on the hard court.

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Highly anticipated is the comeback of Jumeirah Group which returns to the local basketball scene after a seven-year hiatus.

Team coordinator Ernie Tejam, Jr. warns they are stronger than before as they will be fielding their best Filipino, Russian, Kenyan and Indian players selected from their recent domestic tournament.

But no team can be hungrier than Atlantis The Palm, Dubai who are seeking to lift their first championship trophy. Despite a formidable line-up anchored by Kenyan centre Rey Odhiambo, Atlantis managed to finish only as runners-up in previous tournaments. 

Coach Manuel Kuong beefed up his side with Serbian, American, and Russian reinforcements but he still has to pull some magic off his sleeves to steer his rookie-laden team to the Final.

Preparations and team practice are regularly being held by Crowne Plaza Dubai who are highly favoured to lift the Cup in the Inter-hotel division. Player-coach Patrick Tiongco said his team, which has already won two championship trophies, is still intact.

Expectations are also high from Auris Plaza Hotel, Asiana Hotel and Mövenpick Hotel Deira, who will all provide stiff competition and give the more experienced teams a run for their money.

Another highlight of the JBL is the Inter-tailoring category with sports apparel companies enlisting former professional players to boost their campaign.

Ican Customised Apparel manager Jake Celocia said he is tapping the services of former PBA (Philippine Basketball Association) players Sonny Toring and Bong Guerrero to boost the efforts of Alwyn Flores Mike Almonte, Jojo Cagampang and Jayson Araneta.

Al Ain-based Kabayan Gents Tailoring will also be travelling to Dubai with a formidable and tall line-up led by 6’6” centre Gilbert Neo and 6’2” shooting guard Jonathan Fernandez who played for Purefoods in the PBA.

Dubai-based PGW (Philippine Garments Workshop), McFearin Tailoring and Perfect Fit will also shoot for the top prize and 12,000 cash bonus.

The Inter-company category battle will be between Nestle, Souq.com, Al Tayer, Al Seer, Dubai Drydocks and Kendah while Jak’s Mankok, Bisaya Tanan, JND, Kalma, Team Undo, Sweetie Vendela, PEBA Selection, Batang Lubao, Pampanga, and Zuma will fight for Class D division honours.

“JBL provides a platform for players to develop their game and improve their skills,” JK Sports chairman Roland Crisostomo told Sport360. 

JBL is powered by JK Sports Tournament and Organizing Services and supported by Wall Street Exchange, Filinvest, The Medical City, JK Technical Services, and Jak’s Mankok House.

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Players in action.

Filipino expats in Dubai joined in the celebration of the UAE’s 44th National Day by holding a basketball tournament organised by JK Sports at the Jumeira Baccalaureate School on Wednesday.

Ten teams vied for supremacy in the men’s division while four teams competed in the women’s category.

In the elimination round, Dave Fortuna finished with 26 points and carried Team Bagito to a 76-69 overtime win over Hot Toreros while Richard Regalado hit six triples and registered 23 markers to lead Cailey to a 75-67 victory over Takuza.

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Tibudan also converted six three-point attempts and posted 20 points in Bisaya Tanan’s 72-49 trashing of Team Sam while Dinalupihan Aklas besieged War Machine 54-47.

In the Women’s Division, Wacky Lucio scored 10 points in Panthers’ 44-22 drubbing of Hoopers while Magic spelled a 39-32 win over Vixens.

Winners in the men’s category will meet on Friday in the knockout round to battle for the AED 4,000 cash prize while the losing teams in the elimination stage will also compete on Friday among themselves for a chance to bring home AED 1,000 cash prize.

Team Bagito (red)  wound up men's winners.

“The objective our tournament was to showcase our solidarity and gratitude to our host country (UAE),” JK Sports Chairman Roland Crisostomo told Sport3600. “Filipinos love basketball and we are grateful to the UAE for providing us an opportunity where we can find work and at the same time continue our passion for the sport.”

Scores
Bagito 76 – Dave Fortuna 26; Gherome Payrush 13; Falito Mades 12, RJ Teja 9; Nelson Travis 7; Nel Flora 4; Tarro Manio 3; Eric Peñaroyo 2
Hot Toreros 69 – Pet Nobela 17; Lester 16; Arnel Igonia 10; Watts Arabe 8; Alfie Salenga 6; Cris Balauitan 3;  Fahad 3; Relano 2; Francis 2; Ron Cardona 2

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