ONE San Mateo Rizal made history by becoming the first-ever winner in the Community Basketball Association (CBA) Founders’ Cup at the Jose F. Diaz gymnasium in San Mateo, Rizal over the weekend.
Led by Damian Lasco and Ralph Salcedo, San Mateo rallied from several double-digit deficits to subdue Malabon, 87-75, in the kickoff game of the inaugural season of the community-based league organized by actor-sportsman Carlo Maceda.
Lasco finished with 27 points, seven rebounds and two assists, while Salcedo added 22 markers, six boards, and two dimes in superb showings for the home team.
Danny Marilao also stepped up big for San Mateo,posting a double double of 14 points and 18 rebounds.
Marilao also barely missed a triple double as he finished with seven assists.
Richard Albo and Mark Corongoy led the way with 13 points apiece for Malabon, which led by as many as 19 points midway in the second quarter.
Kimsymon Pagayunan added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Malabon.
Overall, San Mateo made 36 of 76 shots for 47 percent compared to Malabon’s 30-of-95 for only 31 percent.
San Mateo also had more rebounds, 60-55, more assists, 18-16, and more blocks, 7-3.
Actually, Malabon opened up a 19-point advantage, 39-20, on a lay-up by Albo with 4:34 left in the second quarter.
But San Mateo scored the last six points of the period to come to within nine, 40-49, and opened the third period with a 13-3 run to finally wrest the lead, 53-52, on a basket by Lasco with 6:14 left.
It was all San Mateo in the fourth quarter where they outscored Malabon, 23-12, to win pulling away.
“This is a good start for our league CBA. It was an exciting game between San Mateo and Malabon. The two teams have young and talented players, a good coaching staff and very supportive team management and coaching staff. We also have a good opening-day crowd in San Mateo last Sunday,” said Maceda.
San Mateo (87) – Lasco 27, Salcedo 22, Marilao 14, Adolfo 12, Sevilla 7, Urganay 3, Maullion 2, Egea 0, Magalangcom 0
Malabon (75) – Albo 13, Corongoy 13, Pagayunan 12, Aquino 8, Mangalindan 7, Parungao 6, Ingles 6, Angeles 4, Carangalan 4, Bruno 2, Ortega 0, Ronquillo 0 Quarterscores: 15-24, 40-49, 64-63, 87-75