THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) stunned the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), 65-61, last Tuesday for its 4th win in seven games (4-3) in the ongoing Association of Regional Executives in National Agencies (ARENA), Region 7 basketball tournament at the DPWH covered court in SRP.
BIR jumped to a 19-14 start, but DOST responded with a blistering 24-13 run orchestrated by Boy Raboya and Dodong Dinglasa to grab a, 38-32 lead at the half.
In the 3rd period, BIR coach Norwin Honoridez employed a solid man-to-man defense that resulted in a, 15-6 run for a three-point BIR lead, 47-44, entering the final quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the two protagonists engaged in an air-tight battle resulting in several deadlocks and lead changes before Allen Sorela and Yoly Meso delivered crucial baskets in the dying seconds for BIR’s four-point victory.
Leo Galvez powered BIR with 15 points while Allen Sorela and Yoly Meso combined for 21 markers. Boy Raboya and Dodong Dinglasa paced DOST with 15 and 13 points, respectively.
BIR (65)- Galvez 15, Sorela 11, Meso 10, Del Rosario 8, Billiones 8, Diamos 4, Bonsucan 4, California 2, Cavan 2, Ruiz 1.
DOST (61)- Raboya 15, Dinglasa 13, Elvie 9, Rectaso 7, Larrobis 6, Rodriguez 4, Jenfronx 2, Pedralba 2, Bustillo 1. /Correspondent Dale Rosal