SOULEMANE Chabo Yo of West African nation Benin showed the way as R.Lapid’s/Tito Rex eked out an 83-77 win over Batang Gilas in the Marikina City Basketball League.
Chabi Yo, who also plays for Colegio de San Lorenzo, had 16 points and 10 rebounds to power R. Lapid’s/Tito Rex to its second win at the Marikina Sports Center.
Six-foot-11 Kai Sotto was not able to play but but the national youth team held their own against the squad composed of former D-League players and imports in the collegiate leagues.
The Batang Gilas were led by RC Calimag, son of former PBA player Recaredo Calimag, who scored 18 points.
Skipper Renz Padrigao had 6 for the reigning Seaba Under-16 champions.
In the other game, former pro James Martinez led L&J Spa to a 104-85 victory over Madam Tess.
A former player of the Powerade Tigers in the PBA, the sweet-shooting Martinez also got ample support from former Purefoods player Gerwin Gaco, Dennis Villamor, Renz Palma, Mike Ayonayon and JR Taganas, all of them finishing in double figures.
Gaco had a a double-double of 15 points and 15 rebounds, Villamor chipped in 13 while Palma and Ayonayon had 12 each.
Taganas, a long-time teammate of Martinez, also had a double-double performance of 10 points and 15 rebounds as L&J clobbered its rivals in the battle of the boards, 63-39.
Ex-pro Paul Sanga led the way for Madam Tess with 26 markers.