For the second straight game, the Bunnies struggled to put up a fight as they were drubbed by the defending champions Team 3 Stallions, 81-71, Saturday night at the Atillo Gym in Punta Princesa, Cebu.
It was a battle of halves where the Bunnies dominated the entire first half with Vernon Gee Samonte Legaspi,Anvoigen Solon, Ken Saceda and Clint Caritan waxed hot early beyond the arc. They were completely unstoppable in the first half after almost connecting all shots.
However, it was a complete turn around in the second half when Stallions playing coach GeorgeMichael Ralloma showed coaching brilliance and his team displayed resilient defense led by their old reliables Gian Irvin Louie Arizobal, Edward Villasencio Solon, JL Abellana Lascuna and Ken Mark Vicen Gonzales. The towering duo of Jm Cortes and Don Flores Epe combined for 8 shot blocks.
The do-it-all forward Gian Arizobal had another all around game for the Stallions with 13 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists and 7 steals. The former Team 1 Dolphins veterans now with the Stallions Rob D. Llenes and Luis Ricardo Coyoca combined for 23 points and a solid performance for the veteran playmaker Ken Mark Gonzales with 9 points, 6 assists and 3 steals. To sum it up, it was the excellent ball movement and team defense that does it for the defending champions. Although the Bunnies out-rebounded the Stallions, 48-43, it was the extra pass that matters the most, 21-12 for the Stallions.
The Stallions had 19 steals and 11 shot blocks while the Bunnies only had 11 steals and 2 shot blocks. The Stallions was top scored by Edward Solon with 19 points. While the trio of Prex, Vernon and Clint led the way for the Bunnies with 13 and 12 respectively.
Best Player of the Game:
Gian Arizobal- 13 points | 12 rebs | 8 assts | 7 steals |