Duplexx edges FS Car, 87-84 to claim Ballpals 39-U plum

Jaime A. Frias II

SECOND-SEED Soruca Duplexx survived the 30-point eruption of Roman Mutya to upset the top-seeded FS Car Care, 87-84 and secured the 39-below crown of the 2017 Ballpals "Baby James Cup" Fiesta Conference concluded on Saturday, October 7, at Barangay 24 covered court in Cagayan de Oro City.

Roman’s younger brother Austin Rome Mutya scored 19 points, including four 3-point bombs, to lead Duplexx’s thrilling victory also fortified by Tarotoy Remoto and Thirdy dela Cruz who delivered 16 and 10 markers, respectively.

Duplexx of team-playing coach Joseph Sumanga was dictating all first three quarters, even padding its lead to ten, 64-56 at the end of the third quarter.

But things went rough in the final fourth canto as Austin’s elder brother, Roman, put FS Car Care back to the ballgame.

The older Mutia hit back-to-back treys as he sparked a fierce rally that pushed FS Car of team-playing manager Ed Gustilo to within four, 64-68.

Another 8-3 run instigated by Mutya, Paolo Calingin and Rolly Ampong gave FS Car its first taste of the lead at 72-71. But Duplexx was quick on the trigger, retaliating behind the offensive blows of the younger Mutya, Remoto, Dela Cruz and Bobong Cabatuan to turn the tide on their favor, 84-76 with 42 seconds left in the ballgame.

FS Car Care tried to resurrect from the grave, but could only inch closer by three as time expired.

“Nangigo ang tres ni Naknak (del Castillo) pero relax ang depensa kay nakapundo na `mi daan,” Sumanga said.

“Grabeng paningkamot pero nag cramped ko late in fourth quarter. Sayang, peldi gyod,” Roman Mutya later told SunStar Cagayan de Oro.

FS Car also got 13, 12 and 11 points each from del Castillo, Jimboy Daanoy and Calingin.

How they scored:

Soruca Duplexx 87 - Mutya A. 19, Remoto 16, Dela Cruz 10, Namok 8, Aquino 7, Cabatuan 7, Sumanga 6, Monterona 4, Nuñez 0, Cuchapin 0.

FS Car Care 84 - Mutya R. 30, Del Castillo 13, Daanoy 12, Calingin 11, Ampong 9, Mabanta 6, Purdina 4, Revilla 0, Gustilo 0, Parajes 0.