Gamboa Coffee Mix thrashes Batangas

Bandera (Mindanao) - - NEWS - PLAYING fantastic form, Alex Eala has made a name on the global tennis scene. The unseeded Filipina ruled the Les Petits As-Le Mon d i a l L a co s t e in Tarbes, France by capturing the girls singles title at the expense of Czech tennis wonder Linda Nos

TREVIS Jackson scattered 30 points on Monday leading Gamboa Coffee Mix-St. Clare to a 104-81 victory over BatangasEAC in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

The Fil-Am guard went 12-of-17 clip from the field and hauled down four rebounds as the Coffee Lovers’ picked up their first win of the conference.

Malian center Mohammed Pare chalked up double-double with 18 points and 11 boards, John Ambuludto chipped in 13 points and nine rebounds, and Aris Dionisio contributed nine markers and 17 boards as Gamboa Coffee Mix-St. Clare’s evened its record to 1-1.

Centro Escolar University provided the day’s stunner though by dispatching Marinerong Pilipino, 104-93, in the second game.

The Scorpions used a 16-7 run early in the second quarter to turn a one point deficit into a 40-30 lead with 4:50 left in the period.

CEU knocked down four 3-pointers in that decisive run, two them courtesy of Rod Ebondo.

The Skippers pulled within 92-97 on two free throws by Michael Ayonayon with 2:27 left in the fourth but the Scorpions kept their poise to repel the threat.

Rod Ebondo turned in 30 points and nine rebounds w h i l e Ju d e l Fuentes added 20 for the CEU which opened its campaign on a bright note.

Ayonayon tallied 24 points while Renz Subido and Billy Robles had 17 apiece for the Skippers, who fell to a second straight loss and dropped to 1-2.

Coach Jinino Manansala breathes sigh of relief after the lopsided win noting he expects a tough challenge in the tournament.

“Medyo mabigat ‘yung mga school-based teams na pumasok, kaya sabi ko lang sa mga players, one game at a time. Makukuha din namin ‘yan,” he said.

Gamboa-St. Clare pulled away from Batangas-EAC, using a 33point second quarter explosion for a 53-38 halftime advantage.

Then Jackson took over, scoring 12 of the Coffee Lovers’ 28 third quarter points as Gamboa extended their lead to as high as 31, 99-68, in the waning seconds of the game. set before Eala, the top singles player in the under-14 age bracket based on the Asian Tennis Federation rankings, struck back and evened up matters.

With the match going down the wire, the 12year-old Eala cashed in on a Noskova error to close out her rival and write history as the 36th girls champion of the celebrated tournament.

Eala, a wildcard recipient and part of the 2017 Tennis Europe Junior Tour Doubles Team of the Year, defeated Belgian qualifier Sofia Costoulas in the preliminaries before beating unseeded Japanese Kyoka Kubo and Hungarian 13th seed Katerina Dimitrova to set up the finale against Noskova.

Eala said she would be ready in time for the grand slam juniors in May.

“I need to build my ITF ranking to qualify for the grand slams,” said Eala.

In 2017, Eala played in 15 tournaments and ended the year with a finals appearance in the Orange Bowl Tennis Championship 12s in Cor al Gables, Florida, USA, and now she kicked off 2018 with a historic win in the French tournament.

“She really loves what she does, and we as a family are behind her every step of the way,” said her father, Michael.

The 7th grader at the Colegio San Agustin made the semifinals of the Eddie Herr International Juniors prior to the Orange Bowl.

She also reached the main draws or further in the La Perre Young Championship Cup in Belgium, International Deutch Tennis 14-Under in Germany and BalleMimosa Loire-Arlentique, among others.

Apart from her singles triumphs, Eala is also a top doubles player having won five tournaments with an incredible 25 match winning streak in the Young Stars Tournaments in Europe.

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