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Undermanned Crosstown Auto loses to Team FB, 90-96; Max’s Restaurant stuns North Edmonton KIA in a come-from-behind win, 96-94; AOMG, Crosstown share top honors

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Leandro Baui, who scored 19 points for North Edmonton KIA and emerged as the league’s Most Valuable Player, gathers steam in this bit of action.(Photo by Moses Billacura/p.e.n.)

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Virlou Orquez sends his teammates and team manager Edwin Arciaga to laughter as he brought food signalling their celebration after besting their rivals in the final.(Photo by Moses Billacura/p.e.n.)

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Crosstown Auto’s Chester Tiongson goes to the free throw line for some practice shots after the first half.(Photo by Moses Billacura/p.e.n.)

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Team FB’s Alex Buluran (right) approaches to help a hurting Dodo De Guzman of Crosstown Auto, who later recovered and continued playing.(Photo by Moses Billacura/p.e.n.)

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Team Friendly Brotherhood celebrates!(Contributed photo)

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Crosstown Auto Centre won the Master’s Division title after defeating Beyond Vision Optical, 96-91. (PSA photo/Ariel)

Undermanned Crosstown Auto loses to Team FB, 90-96; Max’s Restaurant stuns North Edmonton KIA in a come-from-behind win, 96-94
By Moses Billacura

The absence of two key players has taken its toll on an already undermanned Crosstown Auto Centre as they bowed to Team FB (Friendly Brotherhood), 90-96 in the Super Division final of the 2016-17 Philippine Sport Association(PSA) Fall/Winter Basketball League, 90-96 Sunday, at the Father Michael Troy gym.

With pointguard Carlo Colinares and three-point shooter Joe Medina both indisposed, coach Andy Alex Eyao faced a complete Team FB line-up who employed a fast game from the start. Crosstown Auto drew closer by one point, 4:16 left in the final quarter, but failed to even grab the lead as FB sent fresh legs to keep their fast-running game sustained in the dying minutes.

FB employed a tighter defense, forcing Crosstown to commit errors. Crosstown did not have a better ball distributor like Colinares and their offense plan could not be implemented like before.

“That happens if some key players are sick and could not play in the final game,” said Ches Tiongson of Crosstown Auto.

In the other game, Virlou Orquez’s gift shots saved the day for a struggling Max’s Restaurant as they edged North Edmonton KIA, 96-94 in the Open Division final.

It was a see-saw battle from the first quarter then Max’s trailed KIA, 76-83, 4:22 left in the final canto but slowly worked on their offense with the Orquez brothers, Virlou and Virson doing the biggest damage.

Lemuel and Leandro Baui, who piled up the big points to put KIA ahead, found themselves in foul trouble that slowed down their team’s offense, allowing Max’s to recover.

“That was really close, we just recovered in time,” said Max’s Restaurant team manager Edwin Arciaga.

Meanwhile, AOMG defeated Genesis, 67-58 in the Division II final.

Later in the afternoon, Crosstown Auto Centre defeated Beyond Vision Optical for the master’s division title.

PSA president Joey Doctolero thanked the teams, volunteers and sponsor for the success of the tournament. The PSA has been organizing sports events for the Filipino community for 21 years. (p.e.n.)

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