DAMMAM, SAUDI ARABIA – John Supan exploded for a season-high 31 points as Saipem Taqa Al-Rushaid Fabricators Co. Ltd. (Star Taqa) slipped past Zamil Tikaz, 90-84 in Intercompany division in the 27th season in the Eastern Province Basketball League dubbed as FAEC Cup at Al Ettifaq Gymnasium here.
The sweet-shooting guard knocked in 13 points in the fourth quarter including a lone triple that tied the game at 84-all with 1:47 seconds remaining to gain momentum and Star Taqa held on to score the last six points of the ball game.
Zamil Tikaz, playing with aggressiveness in the first three quarters, led the game entering the fourth quarter with a 69-61 advantage but could not finished off their rivals on a pressure defense applied by Star coach Junifer Tinaco.
Behind Supan, Jonar Anuada finding his range had a game high 28 points highlighted with two consecutive baskets in the waning seconds that made the score difference. Playmaker Carlos Antona had nine points to go along with seven assists for the Star win.
Bong Libramonte led Tikaz with 23 points, Sherwin Margallo added 22, and Miguelito Placino had 15 points for the former champions.
Meanwhile, in another interesting game, Arabian Point Eight Power Company (APEP) nailed its second consecutive win against ACBI Tankers 66-63, behind James Chua’s 22 points and six assists. Sharbatly eked out a convincing 92-89 victory against Beeah in League C with five players in double digit score led by Jerwell Grabador and Mclean Lontoc with 21 points apiece. National Pipe Company registered their first win in the Premiere League with a 96-86 win against Fahd Alireza Engineering Consultants.
Fahd Alireza Engineering Consultants is the Gold Sponsor of the EPBL 27th Season Second Conference.