START STRONG. Basilan sneaks past Iligan to start his campaign in the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup 2. / Contributed photo from the VisMin Cup

The new Basilan BRT Sumisip got off to an excellent start in their title defense when they pilipinas VisMin Super Cup 2nd on Saturday’s opening day of the Chooks-to-Go. The Peace Riders let go in the last Canto and built a 12-point lead, 73-61 six minutes before the end of the game. However, the Archangels then made a 10-4 blast, limited by Lester Tamayo’s layup to stay within four centimeters at 20.1 ticks.

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It was too little, too late, however, when Cedric de Joya foiled the game with a conversion from the charity flick gave the shots for head coach Jinino Manansala. Junjie Hallare blew up on 31 points after an efficient 14-of-23 shoot with six rebounds and two steals for Basilan. Nikko Panganiban also came through with 17 points, including two triples, while Med Salim did it all with six points, 12 rebounds, five assists and one steal. Only four Peace Riders from the champion team from the last conference are in Hallare, Darwin Lunor, Ramz Latip and Kim Saliddin. Salo and Jack Hoyohoy kept the balance at Iligan, scoring 12 points each, with the latter adding 14 rebounds. Kris Daguisonan scored 11 points, eight rebounds and four assists while Tamayo scored 10 points and 11 rebounds.

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