Mega cagers edge RRJM in UFBF tournament

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Updated 27 February 2013
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Mega cagers edge RRJM in UFBF tournament

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).


LeBron’s last-second shot gives Cavs 98-95 win in Game 5

James pushes the Cavaliers within one victory of advancing in the Eastern Conference playoffs. (Getty Images/AFP)
Updated 26 April 2018
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LeBron’s last-second shot gives Cavs 98-95 win in Game 5

  • James' 3-pointer buzzer beater puts Cavaliers within one victory of advancing in the Eastern Conference playoffs
  • James finished with 44 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists.

CLEVELAND: LeBron James hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer, a crowning moment for another brilliant performance, to give Cleveland a 98-95 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night in Game 5, putting the Cavaliers within one victory of advancing in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Moments after blocking Victor Oladipo’s possible go-ahead driving layup, James caught the inbounds pass, took two dribbles and dropped the winner over Thaddeus Young.
As Cleveland’s sellout crowd exploded, James hugged rookie teammate Cedi Osman before jumping on the scorer’s table to celebrate another of those moments that will define his career.
James finished with 44 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and went 15 of 15 from the line.
Kyle Korver added 19 points and Cleveland’s much-maligned defense tightened just in time as the Cavaliers seized their first lead in the first-round series after being down 1-0 and 2-1.
Cleveland can close out Indiana with a win Friday night in Indianapolis.
Domantas Sabonis scored 22 points, and Young had 16 for the Pacers, who battled back to tie it 95-all on Sabonis’ 15-foot jumper with 33 seconds left. Indiana, which held Cleveland without a field goal for more than seven minutes during their fourth-quarter rally forced James into a turnover and had a chance to re-take the lead.
Oladipo, who shot just 2 of 15, drove the left side and was at the rim when James swooped in for a block on a play reminiscent of his Game 7 block on Andre Iguodala in the 2016 NBA Finals.
Oladipo’s shooting woes continued. He’s only 12 of 50 from the field in the last three games. He scored 32 in the Pacers’ Game 1 win, but the Cavs have been double-teaming him ever since.
The third quarter has been a major problem for Cleveland all season. The Cavs had tried everything to try and shake things up after halftime, even doing layup lines at the break in Game 4 like a high school squad.
Turns out, all it took was some defensive intensity.
Down by seven at half, the Cavs swarmed the Pacers in the third quarter, forcing five turnovers in the first six minutes and holding Indiana to one field goal over the first 6:52 while opening with a 19-3 run.
Cleveland outscored Indiana 32-17 in the third, when the Pacers shot just 5 for 16 (31 percent) and committed seven turnovers.
The Cavs were again without starting point guard George Hill, who missed his second straight game with back spasms.
DWYANE’S WORLD
James had enough to worry about with the Pacers that he didn’t want to discuss close friend Dwyane Wade’s future.
Miami’s star is mulling retirement after the Heat were eliminated Tuesday in Philadelphia. James spent four years playing in Miami with Wade, who began this season with the Cavs before being traded.
James said that following his last game against Wade he told him, “’If it’s like our last time going against each other, then it’s been everything and more.” James wants to wait for Wade to make his decision and will then “give a more in-depth analysis of his career if he decides to hang ‘em up.”
TIP-INS:
Pacers: Following Lance Stephenson’s aggressive, wrestling-like takedown of Jeff Green in the waning moments of Game 4, coach Nate McMillan said he reminded the fiery forward to be careful. “The officials are going to be watching that, Lance knows that and there are some times where I think they (the Cavs) are taking advantage.” ... Dropped to 2-12 in their last 14 games in Cleveland. ... James’ triple-double in Game 4 was the sixth against Indiana in the playoffs. James has done it to the Pacers three times.
Cavaliers: With his 21st 40-point game in the playoff, James tied the logo — Jerry West — for the second-most all-time. Michael Jordan scored at least 40 in 38 postseason games. .... Hill’s back has improved in the past few days, but he didn’t look close to playing while sitting stiffly in his locker-room chair before the game. ... Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown sat courtside.
UP NEXT
Game 6 is Friday night at Indianapolis.