New recruit Jam Jamito enjoyed a triumphant debut as Sta. Lucia compounded the woes of reeling Supremo Lex on Friday night 80-67 in the 2016 PCBL Chairman’s Cup at the Marikina Sports Center.
The 6-foot-3 Jamito tallied a team-high 15 points, 8 of them coming in a dominant third quarter where the Realtors held the Builders to just 4 markers while scoring 22, enabling them to turn things around for good.
“Workhorse talaga siya,” said Sta. Lucia coach Bonnie Garcia of Jamito, who also added 5 rebounds and an assist in 22 minutes of play as the Realtors improved their record to 3-2.
“Kung nasaan ang bola andu’n siya. Ang binibigay niya sa amin, ‘yung energy niya sa loob na nakakahawa. Nakikita ng mga big man namin kung paano talagang mag-trabaho sa loob,” Garcia added.
Bruiser Mark Montuano led all scorers with 21 points, including 8 in the final canto where the Builders tried to come back but could only get the closest at 56-63, causing them to absorb their 5th straight setback in 6 matches.
Nigerian import Prince Eze had a double-double outing of 10 points and as many rebounds on top of 2 blocks while six other teammates added at least six markers but it was the Realtors’ suffocating defense that spelled the difference in the second half.
“Nu’ng nag-change kami ng defense, naging komportable na sila,” said Garcia of his wards’ man-zone defense that they employed in the 3rd canto. “Nu’ng third quarter, medyo gumanda na. From there, gumanda na rin ‘yung nagging execution namin sa opensa.”
Import Amado Laminou collected 11 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks for the Builders, who even led by as many as 11 in the first canto but failed to sustain their attack. – By Jerome Lagunzad
Sta. Lucia (80) — Jamito 15, Bautista 12, Eze 10, Cawaling 9, Salado 8, Vidal 6, Castanarez 6, Escosio 6, Gabriel 4, Ilagan 2, Javelona 2, Bangga 0, Romero 0, Camasura 0.
Supremo Lex (67) — Montuano 21, Laminou 11, Acidre 9, Villamin 9, Cabrera 6, Leynes 4, Jamon 3, Brana 2, Marquez 2, Importante 0, Jaunito 0.
Quarterscores: 16-20; 38-45; 60-49; 80-67.