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FAEC stuns Warriors, Falcons beat Jakals

FAEC junior team stunned Khobar Warriors 82-69 and Pampanga Falcons brought down Jakals 70-68 in a pair of reversals in the FABA Kingdom Dream Games basketball tournament at the packed Al Nahda Sports Club here.
What was touted as an explosive clash between the two Non-Rated A Division giants ended in a virtual walk in the park for coach Ariel Julio’s FAEC squad which was in control all game long. Best Player of the game Michael Juanite, the small but terrible point guard, scored 27 points while Blair Bracamonte and Ronald Canete added 14 and 10 points for FAEC which had led by 12 points, 43-31, at the turn.
The third quarter saw the boys of Warriors head coach Tito Pineda try to control the offensive rhythm of FAEC, outscoring their rivals 17 to 14 points in the period.
Picking up some momentum the Warriors carried on with the same strategy in the fourth quarter but FAEC met the challenge head on with the combination of Juanite, John Canayan and Jonathan Cabrigas good enough to counter anything the combo of Rommel Dela Cruz , Ryan Legaspi, Jay R Lumbang and Nick Al Bayda could offer.
Losing coach Pineda offered his congratulations to the winners and said: “They deserved the win since they played with focus and dedication.”
While the FAEC-Khobar was little more than a yawner the Falcons and Jakals set the stadium alight with pulsating action on the hardwood floor.
First quarter ended 21-20 to Jakals after six deadlocks were in the period. The second quarter was more intense and played tougher when coach Arlan dela Cruz maintained his master plan strategy for his boys headed by the forward Jerry Caparoso and Eajay Macalagay and point guard Albert Mercado
The Falcons, coached by R. De la Torre and bannered by the trio of L. Gozum, R. Sotto and J. Bendo could not match the Jakals output in the third quarter.
The fourth quarter was a neck-to-neck battle until the last two minutes of action when the score was 64-64. In a one-minute stretch both teams went scoreless and were saddled by turnovers.
With 51 seconds left, Falcons grabbed a 66-64 led on a hit from the perimeter by Mark Anthony Juanico. Two more deadlocks ensued after that before the Falcons’ J.
Bendo intercepted an inbounds pass and made a long pass to R. Sotto waiting in the wing for an uncontested drive to the basket, 70-68.
With 8.7 ticks left Jakals had a chance to win with a three and extend the game to overtime but they failed to mount a final offensive.
Elsewhere, Abdul Karim downed Mustang 54-46, Hyper Panda massacred Al Motairi 62-49, Sigma Paints crushed Alamat IPSA 111-80, Vallourec whipped Zamil Offshore 58-49, and Nesma overpowered Isonian 88- 53.
Kingdom Dream Games 2013 is sponsored by Hempel Paint Saudi Arabia as golden sponsor, Land Bank of the Philippines silver sponsor, NCB Quickpay Remittance Bangus Restaurant and Flash Cargo Silver Sponsors, Trans Saudi Travel and Tour Agency bronze sponsors, and Almarai, McDonald’s and Aujan Soft Drinks.
Games today:
7 a.m. Petromin vs. Al Hajry, 8:30 a.m. President vs. Al Khorayef, 10 a.m. Nesma vs. STC; 11:30 a.m. Khobar 40s vs. Alamat IPSA
The scores:
FAEC Junior (82) Juanite 27, Bracamonte 14, Canete 10, Cabrigas-9, Gonzalez 9, Arguilles 6, Canayan 3, Patanao 2, Mamangun 2
Khobar Warriors (69) Legaspi 21, Lumbang 15, Raquel 11, Zarandin 8, De la Cruz 7, Pascual 7,
Pampanga Falcons (70) Gozum 17, Bendo 13, Villareal 8, Borilla 8, Sotto 8, Castelvi 6, Macabali 6, Ferrer 4
Jakals (68) Caparoso 23, Macalagay 20, Mercado 9, Juanico 7, Ruel Pacaro 6, Ambas 3