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Master Tapsi and Smart Dragons win again

The Chitato Potato Chips Mini Basketball Tournament returns to action on Friday night. Supplied
The Chitato Potato Chips Mini Basketball Tournament returns to action on Friday night. Supplied

Master Tapsi and Smart Dragons win again

Chitato Potato Chips Mini Basketball Tournament favourites Master Tapsi and strong contenders Smart Dragons recorded their second wins in the six-team league after comfortable wins over Extra Joss Fighters and Team Respeck respectively.

Smart Dragon came out 87-52 winners to condemn Team Respeck to their second consecutive defeat, with Coran Henrick posting 24 points to win the day’s MVP award.

Smart Dragon, who left it late to beat MSGM on gameday one, struck an effective rhythm as they hit the ground hard from the first quarter and never looked back.

Master Tapsi ran riot from the tipoff, with Dong Meghamal (26) and Jayson Mercado (17) combining to help give the side a 107-96 win over Fighters.

The first quarter ended 37-23 and by half-time Fighters were 22 points down.

Coach Oktavius Hauw was forced to alter his initial 1-2-2 to a 2-3 to counter the offensive power of Master Tapsi, and it paid off with Ken Gadaffi bringing his team back into the game in the second half

Gadaffi gave his side some defensive stability, which allowed David Sander (30) and Candadito (16) to exploit Master Tapsi.

Extra Joss got themselves back to within 13 points in the third quarter, but the damage had been done in the first half and they were only able to cut back the deficit to 11 points in the end.

The tournament continues with tomorrow evening’s game between MSGM and Warriors. Both sides lost their opening games last Sunday and will hoping to work their way back.

On Sunday, all six teams will be in action, with Warriors taking on Smart Dragons at 2pm, followed by Master Tapsi against MSGM at 4pm.

Extra Joss will be looking to get their playoff chances back on track when they face off with Team Respeck at 6pm.

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