Team Malang fired a barrage of three-pointers in the opening quarter to overwhelm Al Maya Boys 64-50 and grab the Jazzville Basketball Cup at the Dubai Sports World late Monday night.
Player-coach Marvin Malang opened the game with back-to-back triples while Mythical 5 member Rodel Campos converted two more treys to give Team Malang a commanding 19-2 lead in the first five minutes of the championship game.
They continued their superb shooting in the second period and pushed their advantage to as high as 20 points, 30-10, before they slowed down a bit to take a 34-19 lead before the break.
Team Malang maintained their lead in the third quarter behind steady shooting from Season MVP James Roldan (above), Manuel Galope and Adrian Querobin.
Al Maya Boys finally found their rhythm in the final period as they trimmed the deficit to a single digit, 54-46.
But the game was never in question for Team Malang who were not unnerved by Al Maya Boys’ rally as Campos hit another triple to give his team an 11-point cushion, 57-46, going into the final two minutes of the game.
Then Final MVP Joel Urbano, who led all players with 15 points, added another basket and made two free throws to completely dash the hopes of Al Maya Boys to get back into the game and secure the Cup for Team Malang.
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“Our team has been together for quite a long time so whenever we’re on the floor we always have a smooth game,” Team Malang coach Marvin Malang told Sport360. “Al Maya Boys rallied in the fourth quarter but we were never really pressured, we played calm, as time was already running out.”
Al Maya Boys coach Gary Gabriel for his part said: “We were caught flat-footed in the first quarter. They (Team Malang) rained us with triples and they built a huge lead that we just could not overcome.”
Season MVP – James Roldan
Final MVP – Joel Urbano
Mythical 5 – Rodel Campos, Jon Lumbres, Marlon Pelone, Ron Jacob, JR Gavero
Best Coach – Marvin Malang
Team Malang 64 – Joel Urbano 15; James Roldan 12; Rodel Campos 12; Marvin Malang 10; Manuel Galope 5; Adrian Querobin 5; Dave Tiglao 5
Al Maya Boys 50 – Carlo Catunggal 14; Jon Lumbres 10; Renan Alipio 10; JR Gavero 8; Dhen Lora 2; Malalay 2; Marlon Pelone 2; Tom Sumayo 2
Shooting guard Jojo Evangelista sizzled in the second half to lead the Philippine Consulate team to a convincing 59-50 victory over Hangtime in CMP Sports Basketball League Season 1 at the Jumeira Baccalaureate School on Saturday.
Evangelista finished with a near double-double performance, scoring 19 points and dishing out eight assists. He also made a couple of clutch baskets in the closing minutes to secure the win for the Philippine Consulate, whose team is composed of consular staff and their family members.
Philippine Consulate started slowly but still managed to establish a four-point lead at the end of the first and remained ahead, 25-21, at the break.
Evangelista, named player of the game, opened the third quarter with a triple and followed it with another basket to give his team their biggest lead of the night, 30-21. But Philippine Consulate could not create a bigger margin as Ryan Gulapa and Vincent Mission erased the deficit with a barrage of outside shooting.
A triple by Gulapa in the middle of the third period enabled Hangtime to grab the lead for the first time, 35-33, before Philippine Consulate reclaimed the driver’s seat by two at 42-40 going into the final quarter, en route to a nine-point victory.
“We have to give credit to Hangtime for putting up a good fight but we made some adjustments in our defence and closed the outer lane for their outside shooters in the fourth period to secure the win,” Philippine Consulate coach Consul Giovanni Palec told Sport360.
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Aside from Evangelista, two more Philippine Consulate players scored in double digits: Donnie Pimentel and Marlon Villapando contributed 13 and 10 points respectively, while Justine Cortes, son of Consul-General Paul Raymund Cortes, finished with five markers. Gulapa, Mission and Jeremy Cortez had 13 points each for Hangtime.
Elsewhere, in the inter-hotel division, Raffles Dubai’s trio of shooting guards Joseph Racho, Egan Puno and Siob Gorospe were too much to handle for Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah. The trio combined for 64 points to lead Raffles to a 67-62 victory over Waldorf.
Racho and Puno finished with 23 points each while Gorospe added 18 markers, including four triples to ensure Raffles’ win on their first game. Sandy Jacobe and Serbian centre Aleksander Durovic led Waldorf with 23 and 16 markers respectively.
In another game, Claudio and Yabut combined for 30 points to lead Bobcats to an overwhelming 70-53 win over Duphil.
Phillippine Consulate 59 – Jojo Evangelista 19; Donnie Pimentel 13; Marlon Villapando 10; Justine Cortes 5; Bong Fernandez 5; Marco Flores 2; Mark Castro 2; Ronel Mendoza 2; Joel Pimentel 1
Hangtime 50 – Ryan Gulapa 13; Jeremy Cortez 13; Vincent Mission 13; Yonel Ornopia 5; Tito Nidea 4; Alfred Ordoña 2
Du have netted the Ramadan Corporate Basketball League title after beating Claw BBQ 50-41.
A thrilling encounter at Dubai Sports World saw Claw BBQ live up to their name, clawing back a 16-point deficit at one stage to get back into contention in the second half, but Du held firm to eventually claim the coveted title.
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Claw’s Joseph Almedo was undoubtedly the star of the final, despite seeing his team falling short, claiming more than half of his team’s tally with an impressive 25 points. Kamil Kapkaev led the way for the winners, netting 15 points to set Du on the road to glory.
Du had claimed a final place by beating Dubai Knights 60-53 in their last four clash, while Claw grabbed a tilt at the trophy with a 53-44 triumph against Hoopers in the other semi-final.
Despite their exertions, both teams had just 10 minutes to get ready for the championship game.
Du stretched out to a 16-point half-time lead before some words of encouragement saw Claw surge back to make a fight of it.
It was neck and neck before Du pulled away once again in the closing stages to begin their reign as the Duplays Ramadan Corporate Basketball League champions.
Victorious Du skipper Alexander Vishvakanth said: “We really enjoyed the league and will surely play again next year.
Throughout the tournament there was a great atmosphere at Dubai Sports World because lot of sports people were all there in one place.”