It was an action packed Friday in PIBAQ’s 24th Conference last October 6. The Inter Company Division game between Ashghal and Salam Technology saw Ashghal leading comfortably by 20 in the first half as both Carlo Querijero and  Ralph Coronel getting their groove in the offensive end. It was a different story though in the second half as Salam Technology felt the urgency as they try to crawl back from the huge deficit. Through team work and determination, they ended the 3rd quarter trailing by just 5. Ashghal was able to regroup and brought back their lead to 12 but that didn’t shook Salam’s resolve as they staged a 16-4 scoring run to equalize the score with only 2 minutes remaining. Salam Technology finally took the lead through Roldan Dela Rosa’s conversion. With 9 seconds left in the game, Nowell Espanol sent Ralph Coronel of Ashghal to the strip who split his freethrows enabling Salam Technology to escape with a 64-63 win. Roldan Dela Rosa led Salam Technolgy with 15 while Ralph Coronel paced Ashghal with 19 markers.

In the Women’s Division, Boom Generals was just too much for the Balleros to handle as Boom Generals capitalized on Ballero’s lack of ball handlers. Boom Generals employed the full court press right from the get go and forced turnovers. It was the sweet shooting of Tara Mitic and the leadership of Pamela Barrozo which enabled them to lead comfortbaly the whole game. In the end, Boom Generals won with a huge margin 77-12 with Pamela Barrozo leading the way with 21 points.

In the Small Ball Division, the semifinals cast is complete for both Bracket A and B. In Bracket A, top seed Al Heen will face the Pinoy Slammers while second seed Lakay Dragons will be facing SNC Lavalin. In Bracket B, top seed Bukse will be sporting a twice to beat advantage as they play against Tuesday Hoopers, while number two team Jammers-Herbalife will be facing the Knights of Bright Way on Friday, October 13.

Photo by: Ronnie Castro