Greenland put its unbeaten record on the line against BTC-Baud Telecom Co. and narrowly won 114-112 as it moved within two games of a seven-game sweep in the eliminations in the Inter-Commercial Open Non Rated C in the 1st Friendi Basketball Tournament presented by all new WPBL at the Ahmed Khaki Sports Complex (Orca) court here.
Barry Nader played well for Greenland to merit a Best Player plum and finished with a topscoring 34 points.
Greenland is now 5-0 in the team standings. Expected to challenge Greenland for supremacy in the division is idle Nesma Holdings, which is also unbeaten in four games. Actually, both teams are the only sides without a defeat in the WPBL’s four-category tournament that held a game for a cause during its 10th week while waiting for the start of the Nunungan-Juffali Carrier Open Rated championship battle.
KFAFH Selection defeated Jeddah Selection 85-83 in a game where the proceeds will go to a cancer patient. The KFAFH lineup is composed of JR Piedra, Jay Liam, Glen Ventanilla, Tipon, Junsay, Eder, Sta. Ana, Castigador, Garcia, Rivera, Blanquera and Basa. In the Jeddah Selection are Roby David, Magat brothers Ron and Harold, Ubalde, Brian Adaya, De Leon, Zorilla, Raras and Bong.
Nexus finally broke into the win column in Open Non Rated C by crushing Duke Hammadi 100-71 in the fourth game Thursday and left idle Amanah as the only team still to win in the eight-team division.
Shakba Makkah Taif defeated Ate Aida’s Catering 83-77 in the same division. The result enabled Shakba to tie Ate Aida’s at 2-3 in the team standings. Best Player Duque Abbas led Shakba with 24 points.
Shadow Lounge and Marogong, two teams expected to qualify for the semifinals in Open Non Rated A, rolled to decisive victories.
With Ron Magat at the helm with 27 points, Shadow Lounge whipped Computer Diagnostics 84-69, while Marogong likewise had a trouble-free 84-76 triumph over Unidecor Dynamics.
Shadow Lounge (3-1) ranks second to idle Moulinex (4-1) in the team standings while Marogong is 3-2 in a tie for third with Computer Diagnostics.
In the 10th KFAFH Inter-Department organized by United Filipino Workers of King Fahad Armed Forces Hospital (UFWORK), Housekeeping A and Admin defeated AATC 86-56 and Dietary 57-52 in games Thursday, while Housekeeping B blasted HRD 68-49 and Portering beat BME 75-64 in the Friday twinbill.
Named Best Players were Payanan, Rivera, Manalang and Gerry.