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EVENS THE SERIES – Elias Dental evened the Filipino Canadian Basketball League of Yukon Under 35 championship series at one game apiece Sunday at the Canada Games Centre.

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DRAWING CONTACT – Elias Dental player Christian Miral, centre, gets fouled by Domino’s player Ralph Hermosa, left, while Josh Rumbaoa also makes a challenge on the ball.

Elias Dental keeps FCBLY season alive

The Filipino Canadian Basketball League of Yukon continued its Under 35 championship series Sunday at the Canada Games Centre.

By John Tonin on November 9, 2020

The Filipino Canadian Basketball League of Yukon continued its Under 35 championship series Sunday at the Canada Games Centre.

The final is being played best of three between Domino’s Pizza and Elias Dental. In the first meeting of the series, Domino’s used a strong second half to outpace their counterparts en route to an 80-69 win.

Sunday saw a different result. After a barnburner of a game, Elias Dental proved they were up to the task as they downed Domino’s 73-62.

In the first half, it was evident Elias Dental had shaken off their loss in the opener. Without hesitation, they drove into the heart of the Domino’s defence to score easy baskets at the rim. When they missed, they were able to corral the offensive boards to get put-backs or to kick it out and restart their offensive sets.

Elias Dental also kept the Domino’s defence, playing at two-one-two zone, honest as they hit their three-point shots at a decent clip, forcing the defenders to close out, thus making space to drive.

On the opposite side of the ball, Elias Dental locked down the paint nullifying any opportunity for Domino’s to get into the paint.

Domino’s was able to hit enough three’s in the opening frame to keep the game close and only trailed by a slight margin going into the second quarter.

The intensity of the game picked up in the second stanza and not always for the better. Both sides had trouble keeping their opponent off of the foul line and that sapped some of the flow of the contest.

It also caused some frustrations to boil over as there was constant barking at the referees – a technical foul was even given out.

In the moments that weren’t being stopped by the whistle, Elias Dental continued to score from the paint and outside the three-point arc.

They never trailed but Domino’s were always right there. Domino’s found more success from three and managed to get out and running for transition buckets.

Elias Dental took a 37-33 lead into the break.

The third quarter was a frame of runs. Elias Dental would see their lead grow only to see it evaporate again.

Domino’s began to utilize a full-court press which Elias Dental had trouble passing out of. This lead to Domino’s getting transition buckets at the rim, or they were sent to the foul line.

When Elias Dental did break the trap, they to got easy baskets from inside the paint. When the defence around them got back and set into position, they would drive and kick from three-pointers, which they hit at a respectable rate.

It was 50-46 Elias Dental after three.

In the final frame, Elias Dental had figured out how to break Domino’s press. Because of this, they were able to grow their lead in the final 12 minutes.

Domino’s did still manage to generate some stops to get out and running for fast-break points, this kept them hanging around.

However, as the minutes waned toward zero, Elias Dental pushed their advantage to nine, a lead Domino’s could not overcome. It was that margin that held when the final buzzer sounded.

Pacing Elias Dental, and all scorers, was Kevin Octavio with 22 points. Kevin Martin and Bon Bon Posecion both chipped in with 15 points apiece and Jo Aying netted 13.

Domino’s only had two scorers in double digits. Josh Rumbaoa cashed in 19 and Bryan Hermosa netted 17.

The trophies, which were on hand on Sunday in case Domino’s won, will be handed out next weekend. The day and time of the game is still to be decided but will be played at the Canada Games Centre.

The Over 35 semifinals did not continue this weekend.

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