Mega cagers edge RRJM in UFBF tournament



ALKHOBAR: RESTY DE ASIS

Published — Thursday 28 February 2013

Last update 27 February 2013 11:57 pm

| نسخة PDF Print News | A A

Action continued at the 13th UFBF Fahd Alireza Engineering Consultants’ Eastern Oilers Cup last Friday with newcomer Mega Team beating the equally formidable RRJM in Junior D-4 Division at Al Qadisia gymnasium here.
Both teams entered the match undefeated on identical 3-0 win-loss card but Mega proved the better team, but almost squandered an 18-point lead in the third quarter in posting a heart-stopping 79-78 victory.
With the win, Mega sent a strong warning that they are the team to beat in this division with a clean 4-0 record.
Fahd Alireza Engineering Consultants is the tournament’s major sponsor. Al Hoty Group of Companies, Mohammad Dossary Hospital, 7-11 and Mega Construction are minor sponsors.
Owned and managed by Faisal Renee Muniz Ombayan, Mega had a slow start with main man and veteran Allan Butito only making 9 of 14 first quarter points against RRJM’s 21. But things turned around in the second period with Butito’s supremacy in the paint that saw him haul down the offensive rebounds and score 12 of the team’s 28 points. RRJM went withou a single basket in the last 3 minutes and Mega ended the half ahead by 10 points 42-32.
Teaming up with another veteran Johnny Malate, ace guard Bryan Solis and rookies Mark Concepcion and Keith Morabe, Butito made back-to-back baskets for an 18-point lead 50-32 and made RRJM scoreless in a two-minute mark. RRJM coach called for a cease-fire trying to break Mega’s momentum and it worked as RRJM had a 13-4 run with a man-to-man defense and came within nine 45-54 behind Johnnel Cabuyao, Sonny Cariaga, Edwin Villegas and Ralph Tablang 2:54 minutes left in the third quarter. But Malate and Butito dominated inside the paint scoring the team’s 8 points and grabbing many rebounds and stretched the lead anew 62-49 to end the period.
It was an intense battle in the last quarter as RRJM erased a 13-point deficit behind Cajote, Cabuyao and Cariaga to come within 3 points 71-74, 1:32 to play. Mega’s Solis converted two foul shots off Tablang and Butito had a split charity and again Solis completed his steal for a 79-71 lead with 1:20 left. But Cariaga hit another booming triple and Cabuyao made 4 points and RRJM crept to within a point 78-79 in less than a minute to play. Both teams applied heavy pressure and failed to score from there as the final buzzer sounded.
Butito top-scored for Mega with 26 points and had 12 rebounds, Solis had 14, Malate added 12 while Morabe and Mamaid combined for 16 markers. Cariaga led RRJM with 31 points, Cabuyao added 21 while Villegas and Tablang each contributed 11 points.
Other game results: Gubat (71) beat Kabsa (63); JGC Samurai (97) thrashed Aramex (73); Metals recorded its first win in 4 games against Al Tuwairqi, 83-76; King Abdulaziz Squadron (100) downed MFSI (92); Gas Arabian continued its winning streak by beating IECEP-ERC, 74-67; Mega Const (79) edged RRJM (78); Huya (77) beat Beta Sigma (70) while Al Osais (79) defeated Al Kholi (69).

What's happening around Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Education is planning to increase the role of its subsidiary committees in the region and governorates to address the issue of schools increasing the fees on one pretext or another.A source in the ministry has been quoted as s...
DAMMAM: All Saudi airports, particularly King Fahd International Airport (KFIA) in Dammam, lack a tourism attraction strategy which requires a formal decision from the government, said Saeed Al-Qahtani, an investor in the tourism sector.He said: “In...
JEDDAH: Interpol is looking for two Saudis — a former Jeddah mayor and former president of a sports club — who have been convicted in cases related to the 2009 flash floods here.The ex-mayor was sentenced to seven years in prison while the sports off...
RIYADH: The Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently discussed here the scope of cooperation with the Kingdom’s Public Education Evaluation Commission (PEEC) in the field of education.The delegation was headed...
RIYADH: Investors and proprietors of recruitment offices have blamed the Ministry of Labor for the rise in the number of illegal brokers, saying that some of the rules are actually counterproductive and promoting black market.The ministry has put a c...
DAMMAM: A period of 20 months will be granted to deliver residential apartments for beneficiaries in the Eastern Province, starting from the day of delivering land to developers, and not from the date of signing the contract with them, according to a...
ALKHOBAR: Bribery can be eliminated by applying the laws strictly and creating public awareness besides an active role by citizens, experts say.Abdulrahman Al-Zahian, a researcher in legal affairs and public policy, said: “The Saudi anti-bribery law...
JEDDAH: Zuhair Rahbeeni, a consultant at the Pediatric and Clinical Genetics Department of Medical Genetics at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, said that the criteria used for premarital health examinations fall short of proper st...
JEDDAH: The police in Jeddah found a runaway girl after 17 days. A news website reported that she had gone missing after she took a taxi on one of Jeddah's roads.The mother of the girl said that the police found the girl on Friday after 17 days. She...
JEDDAH: Since the launch of the Asir Initiative, “Asir … a major tourism destination all year round,” under the patronage of Asir Governor and Chairman of the Tourism Development Council Prince Faisal bin Khalid at the end of 2013, the region has man...
RIYADH: King Saud University (KSU), which is leading the vanguard in promoting and supporting scientific research in the Kingdom, will host the Saudi international conference on scientific publishing for 2015 to discuss issues and challenges surround...
RIYADH: The National Committee for Contractors (NCC) at the Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC) and representatives from the Ministry of Labor denied on Sunday delays in releasing SR2,400 in compensation to contractors once the criteria have been finaliz...
MAKKAH: Being at the front of the House of God and the peace and tranquility in the Grand Mosque are feelings that cannot be described, said Egyptian pilgrim Abdul Rahman Mustafa.The Umrah pilgrim appeared to be very happy and content. “Thank God, I...
DAMMAM: Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) President Prince Sultan bin Salman and Eastern Province Gov. Prince Saud bin Naif will jointly sponsor the 3rd Saudi Conventions and Exhibitions Forum (Saudicef), scheduled for Nov. 8...
RIYADH: Every year, Saudis prepare for Eid Al-Fitr festivities with great joy and excitement. For children it is both fun and new clothes, which parents buy for them.With ten days to go until Eid Al-Fitr, shoppers were making a beeline to malls and o...

Stay Connected

Facebook