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CALVO’S INSURANCE WINS SAN MIG TITLE

The season finale for the San Miguel Basketball League unfolded Sunday evening with a pair of big wins in both the divisional games at the Yigo gym and a close contest in the Masters Game.

By Robert Balajadia

The season finale for the San Miguel Basketball League unfolded Sunday evening with a pair of big wins in both the divisional games at the Yigo gym. The dynasty that was the Red Horse team came to an end in the quarterfinals of the Division 1 league which Calvo’s Insurance took control of, and the Global Recycling got a big effort from Julius Yu to win the title in the Division 2

Division 1 – Calvo’s Insurance 52, Justice 42

The game got ugly real quick for Team Justice as they went down 17-2 early in the first half and just couldn’t cut back into the large lead with Calvo’s being led by leading scorer Corey Lorenzo’s 16 points and MVP Rashaun Blas’ 10 points.

Lorenzo nailed a three from the corner midway through the first half to go up 15-2, with Blas tacking on two more from the free throw line to force Justice into their second timeout to try and stop the bleeding.

Calvo's Insurance Corey Lorenzo skies in for a layup to take a large lead on Justice in the first half. (photo by Robert Balajadia)

Calvo’s Insurance Corey Lorenzo skies in for a layup to take a large lead on Justice in the first half. (photo by Robert Balajadia)

Calvo’s Patrick Taitano go a steal and layup on the inbounds right before the first half buzzer to put Calvo’s up 30-11.

Justice tried to rally in the second half, behind leading scorer Reggie Rechebong’s 12 points, but the large lead from Calvo’s proved to be the difference.

Division 2 – Global Recycling 47, Elite 35

MVP Julius Yu scored 11 of his game high 14 points in the second half, including three straight three point jumpers, to keep the distance on the Elite. It was a close contest by halftime with Global only leading 23-20 at the half, but Yu’s long-distance display put the Elite in a 13-point deficit, 43-30, in the closing three minutes of the game.

Global Recycling's Adrian Loja scores off an offensive board in the first half. (photo by Robert Balajadia)

Global Recycling’s Adrian Loja scores off an offensive board in the first half. (photo by Robert Balajadia)

Masters Game – Jim Beam 42, GHC 39

MVP Bob Meceda scored 15 points to lead Jim Beam over a strong effort from GHC’s Danny Cepeda’s 16 points to win the masters game, the first game of the day.

PHOTO GALLERY:

Global Recycling's Francis Imbo drives to the open lane. (photo by Robert Balajadia)

Global Recycling’s Francis Imbo drives to the open lane. (photo by Robert Balajadia)

Elite's Adrian Echon goes to hands for a contested layup attempt. (photo by Robert Balajadia)

Elite’s Adrian Echon goes to hands for a contested layup attempt. (photo by Robert Balajadia)

Elite's Ed Capanang attempts a layup through the defense of Global Recylcing's Kalel Delos Santos. (photo by Robert Balajadia)

Elite’s Ed Capanang attempts a layup through the defense of Global Recylcing’s Kalel Delos Santos. (photo by Robert Balajadia)

Justice's Jay Casimiro tries a floater in the lane to get Justice on the board. (photo by Robert Balajadia)

Justice’s Jay Casimiro tries a floater in the lane to get Justice on the board. (photo by Robert Balajadia)

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