It wasn’t the start they wanted, but it was a stellar finish nonetheless for Mighty Sports.
Adrian Celada uncorked triple after triple in the final canto to lead Mighty to a come-from-behind win over Jumbo Plastic in the opening game of the PCBL Sunday at the Malolos Sports and Convention Center in Bulacan.
The former Arellano swingman fired 12 of his 15 points as Mighty outscored their foes, 28-8, in the last 10 minutes on the strength of 7 3-pointers.
Ex-Mapua standout Allan Mangahas and 2-time UAAP MVP Kiefer Ravena also joined the fray, combing for 3 triples while helping force Jumbo Plastic to 9 turnovers in the 4th period.
Bright Akhuetie overshadowed NCAA MVP Allwell Oraeme in the battle of “imports,” finishing with game-high numbers of 21 points, 18 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocked shots as the team backed by Caesar Wonchuking opened the tournament on the right foot.
Ravena overcame a tough shooting night to add 16 points, 5 assists and 3 steals even as Gab Banal turned in an all-around performance with 12 markers, 8 boards and 5 dimes.
Meanwhile, Jumbo Plastic banked on the early hot shooting of James Martinez and Jeff Viernes, who teamed up to sink 7 3-pointers in the first 3 quarters but none in the payoff period.
Martinez and Viernes posted 19 points apiece, but combined for 10 of their team’s 25 turnovers.
Oraeme, on the other hand, put out a dud with just 6 points, 11 rebounds and 5 turnovers. — Photo from JR Contreras