PAETE, Laguna -- Lumban clobbered Mabitac, 79-60, and Cavinti nipped Pangil, 75-71, to gain a share of the early lead in the first Cong. Benjie C. Agarao-4th District Inter-Town 22 years old and under men’s basketball championship at the Agarao gym here last Jan. 7.
Angelo Liwanag and Kent Jeremy De Leon combined for 37 points to power Lumban of coach Alfredo Mendoza to its second straight win in this 10-team tournament organized by 4th District of Laguna Board Member Benko Agarao, Paete Mayor Mutok Bagabaldo, tournament director-coach Johny Tam and commissioner Ding Andres in honor of Cong. Agarao. .
Liwanag finished with 24 points, while De Leon added 13 for Lumban, which debuted with a 102-86 win over Kalayaaan during the opener last Jan. 3.
Christian M. Padilla (9), Mark Angelo C. Reyes (9) and Justine Eruel S. Barba (8) led Mabitac’s losing cause.
Cavinti matched Lumban’s perfect start and beat Pangil behind the efforts of Steven Castillo (28), Mark Glenn Delgado (10), Derick Atencio (9), Mike Delos Santos (7) and Ren Aljhon Lubugin (7).
Cavinti, handled by coach Joseph Baltazar, won its opening-day assignments against Luisiana, 97-75.
Mark Kevin Alvarez topscored for Pangil with 20 markers. Mark Darrel Galla added 18 and Christian Daves Alvarez had 11.
Equally impressive was Famy, which overwhelmed Kalayaan, 91-62, for a winning start.
The Eddie Mialdo-mentored Famy drew double-digit scores from Dan Anthony Natividad (26), Matt Cedric Manuel (15) and Niel Brian Rey (15) to deal Kalayaan its second setback.
Mark John Lucky Ablao paced Kalayaan with 17 points, followed by Ferdinand Dagsindal Jr. with 13 and Leonardo Famor, Kate Jastine Yapana and King Rendel Acueza with seven apiece.
In other game, Pagsanjan subdued Luisiana, 80-76, to even its record to 1-1.
John Anthony Amores fired 15 points, Howard Carey Ramos added 11, Rodney Roi Malto contributed nine, John Paul Amores had eight and Jay Absena had seven to give Pagsanjan coach Jan Garcia his first win.
Mergilla and Domingo led Luisiana with 17 and 16 points, respectively.
The tournament is supported by Gibi Shoes, PG Flex Linoleum, Maruyama Tarpaulin, Healthy Options, Metro Manila Tiong Lian Basketball Association, Firm Builders, Inc., UniLed, Bobot Sison and FESSAP president David Ong.