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Leo Alferez powers strong start before ASM douse late Samsung C&T rally for second win in a row

SINGAPORE – ASM got off to a strong start before they doused a late-game rally by the Samsung C&T to escape with a 53-52 win in Gilas Basketball 2017 Inter-Company Cup at Yusof Ishak Secondary School.

ASM kept a comfortable lead starting in the fourth quarter, while Samsung C&T started the fourth with an 11-2 run to cut the gap to five, 51-46, with 4:00 left. But the ASM held on with some crucial free throws while Samsung C&T blew some chances to chip the lead down with some misses at the stripe.

Leo Alferez led ASM with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 24 minutes of action.

Coming off the bench, Ibyang Dela Vega came up with 8 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists while Chandra Atmajha added 8 markers and 7 boards for ASM, who won their second straight game after losing three straight games and improved to 2-3 in win-loss card.

ASM shared the wealth in this game as they registered 18 assists compared to 8 by Samsung C&T. Also their defense held Samsung C&T to shoot poorly from the field with 37 percent shooting.

Aris Narciso led Samsung C&T with 16 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals.

Rod John Beluso deliver 15 points and 4 rebounds coming off the bench while Mike Reyes chipped-in 13 markers and 3 boards for Samsung C&T, who suffered their second loss in 4 outing and dropped to 2-2 in win-loss card.

The Lutong Pinoy Game MVP is Leo Alferez.

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