Cheetahs go 2-0, Eagles soar in Elite caging
(The Freeman) - March 11, 2019 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines — Vernon Anfone sparkled with 24 points while five others cashed in double figures as the Cheetahs whipped the Stallions, 107-73, for their second straight win in the Elite Basketball Club Cebu Season 14 powered by Tough Gear Sportswear at the Visayan Glass gym in Barangay Guadalupe, Cebu City.

John Rodrigo banged in 16 points, while Bryan Gumampong and Chito Solis nailed 14 markers apiece as the Cheetahs never looked back after racing to a 23-14 start on the way to take the temporary lead with a clean 2-0 slate.

Jerome Napao, an All-Star forward while playing for the University of the Visayas (UV)Green Lancers during his collegiate days, chipped in 11 points for the Cheetahs, who relentlessly pounded the Stallions quarter after quarter to come up with a 34-point blowout.

Paul Torrecampo fired 31 points but his singular offensive outburst went for naught for the Stallions.

On the other hand, the Eagles readily bounced back from a season-opening loss and vented their ire on the Wolves, 66-61.

Erstwhile collegiate and commercial star Randy de la Pisa paced the Eagles with 22 points.

JL Manila tossed in 20 points and Justin Mier scored 10 for the Eagles, who used a decisive endgame attack to turn the tables on the Wolves.

Merbien Dedace and Lester Lucero tallied 26 points in between them for the Wolves, who couldn’t sustain their momentum after stunning the defending champion Lions on opening day.

The scores

First game

Cheetahs (107) – Anfone 24, Rodrigo 16, Gumampong 14, Solis 14, Napao 11, Gelasque 10, Tan 9, Acha 6, Santos 3

Stallions (73) – Paul Torrecampo 31, Dungog 14, Arias 10, Aloba 6, Naron 4, Chu 4, Yapcoy 2, Monteclar 2

Quarterscores: 23-14;59-36;78-44;107-73

Second game

Eagles (66) – De la pisa 22, Manila 20, Mier 10, Duran 5, Jaca 5, Bacatan 2, Llanos 2

Wolves (61) – Dedace 15, Lucero 11, Badrina 8, Quijano 7, Delcampo 7, Lopena 5, Castro 5, Cabasan 3

Quarterscores: 23-11, 29-32, 39-41, 66-61. (FREEMAN)

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