Dukhan Ballers strike half shot victory over Natsco Garage
A barrage of five successive shots at the 15-foot line by Bogs Laher of Flamin’Go in the third quarter proved to be the turning point of their commanding 19-point win, 77-58, over QP Dukhan to register their first victory in the semifinal rounds at the Class B of Subaru Cup 2012 of Pinoy Basketball Qatar.
Newcomer CEG International on the other hand also foiled the high hopes of veteran KIA Motors in the other semifinal games to capture a victory, 92-88, fueled by the hot hands of Ryan Feliciano who contributed eight of his 21 points in the crucial last quarter.
It was a big blow for KIA after Arjen Tolentino was slapped with a technical foul for wearing improper uniform compounded by another reliable player who never showed up in the game that added a heartbreaker for Coach Boyet Gamba.
At the sidelight games of Qatar Men’s League held at Al Gharafa Sports Hall, Dukhan Ballers escaped a narrow victory, 75-74,over a tough team Natsco Garage.
Both squads fought it hard in the first two periods with Dukhan, who are on top of Group 1 standings, taking the driver’s seat, 37-35, at halftime break.
The Group 2 pacesetting NATSCO climbed back in contention to wrest the upper hand midway in the third and looked headed for a win as they posted a 7-point margin at 70-63, with 3:20 to go in the match.
The Ballers however subdued their foes’ offensive in the homestretch and banked on 12-4 run to pick up their seventh win in eight outings and fortify their first win in the opening of the semifinal round.
NATSCO absorbed their second setback in eight assignments.