UE Stops CEU’s Streak in OT

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SAN JUAN City – This time, guard Edson Batiller made sure he would go home the winner as he keyed the University of the East’s 65-62 overtime clipping of Centro Escolar University in a clash of undefeated squads Wednesday (May 13) from the 2015 FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup at the San Juan Arena. The Red Warriors became the first team to go 4-0 while the Scorpions absorbed their first setback for a 3-1 record in Group B.

Batiller hit a crucial triple with 1:37 left in the extra period to shatter the 60-60 deadlock. CEU then committed a 24-second violation but the Warriors failed to capitalize, returning the ball and Alfred Batino scoring to threaten 62-63.

Batiller then completed his heroics with a basket at the 31-second mark to stretch their lead, 65-62. The Scorpions lapsed into a series of errors that sealed the win for UE.

It was a sorry loss for CEU, which led by seven markers with 3:34 to play in regulation, 56-49. Batiller signaled the Warriors’ rally with a triple followed by four straight points by the erstwhile scoreless Paul Varilla to force the 58-58 standoff and 23 seconds left.

Rodrigue Ebondo tried to win the game but his hurried triple bounced off the rim at the buzzer. Earlier, the Scorpions committed to key errors with Aaron Jeruta being whistled for an offensive foul Alvin Abundo slipping as he drove to the basket that resulted in Varilla’s game-tying basket.

The Warriors actually started hot, rushing to a 7-0 lead before Jeruta nailed back-to-back triples to tie the game, 7-7. With momentum on their side, the Scorpions slowly pulled away and led by as much as 13 points in the third canto, 44-31, on three free throws by Samboy de Leon.

Batiller topped the Warriors with 15 points, including the two crucial triples. Center Chris Javier followed with 13 points and six rebounds.

Batino paced the Scorpions with 18 points and eight rebounds while de Leon was next with 11 points and seven rebounds but only one triple connection. Also scoring big for CEU were Jason Opiso and Ebondo with 10 points each and Ebondo grabbing 15 rebounds.

In last year’s tournament, Batiller was playing for the General Santos City-based Holy Trinity College Wildcats when they bowed to the Scorpions, 61-74. By then, Coach Frederick Pumaren was impressed and began sending offers to the crafty sentinel to transfer.

In other games from Group A, the Adamson University Falcons debuted by escaping the University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars, 62-59. It was the eighth and final game for USJ-R before returning to Cebu, winning only once against the Emilio Aguinaldo Generals, 85-74.

Letran returned to the winning track by stalling Generals, 72-64. In the last game, the National University Bulldogs survived the late surge of the College of Saint Benilde Blazers, 66-62.

In Junior Division play, the Malayan High School of Science Red Robins barged into the win column and dealt the Junior Falcons their second defeat, 80-77. Malayan is now 1-1 while Adamson is at 1-2 in Group B.

How They Scored:

First Game

MALAYAN SCIENCE (80) – Serrano 14, Salenga 11, Enriquez 10, Concepcion 9, Garcia 9, Uson 8, Bonifacio 7, Junsay 7, Camilosa 3, Velvez 1, Diaz 1, Yco 0, Templonuevo 0.

ADAMSON (77) – Celis 29, Binarao 15, Natividad 7, Chua 7, Hanapi 6, Flores 5, Abadiano 4, Zaldivar 2, Prodigo 2, Waminal 0, Tamayo 0, Agbong 0.

Period Scores: 20-23, 38-38, 63-53, 80-77.

Second Game

ADAMSON (62) – Aquino 20, Polican 11, Pedrosa 8, Ochea 6, Bernardo 6, Barrera 4, Pasturan 4, Ng 3, Gumtang 0, Butron 0.

SAN JOSE-RECOLETOS (59) – Suano 9, Gastador 8, Navarra 8, Labares 7, Villafranca 7, Nzuzi 6, Regalado 6, Dinolan 4, Bayhonan 2, Galvez 2, Villarias 0, Catipay 0, Lajato 0, Villahermosa 0.

Period Scores: 15-8, 26-27, 42-43, 62-59.

Second Game

LETRAN (72) – Nambatac 15, Cruz 14, Sollano 11, Balanza 9, Publico 9, Quinto 7, Bernabe 4, Apreku 2, de la Pena 1, Malto 0.

EMILIO AGUINALDO (64) – Laminou 12, Morada 11, Mejos 9, Munsayac 6, General 6, Onwubere 6, Mbang 5, Estacio 4, Pascual 3, Aguilar 2, Esplana 0, Diego 0, Saludo 0, Pascua 0.

Period Scores: 20-17, 38-39, 54-50, 72-64.

Fourth Game

EAST (65) – Batiller 15, Javier 13, Abanto 9, Manalang 8, Awana 5, Varilla 4, Palma 3, Charcos 2, de Leon 2, Cudal 2, Gonzales 2, Gagate 0, Penuela 0, Larupay 0.

CENTRO ESCOLAR (62) – Batino 18, S. de Leon 11, Ebondo 10, Opiso 10, Jeruta 7, Abundo 4, Casino 2, Silverie 0, Celso 0, Vargas 0, K. de Leon 0, Pagkatipunan 0.

Period Scores: 15-17, 28-31, 43-48, 58-58 (reg.), 65-62 (OT).

Fifth Game

NATIONAL (66) – Alolino 19, Alejandro 12, Javelona 9, Gaye 7, Salim 5, Neypes 4, Diputado 4, Abatayo 2, Celda 2, Tansingco 2, Morido 0, Rangel 0.

SAINT BENILDE (62) – Grey 21, Nayve 14, Ongtengco 7, Sta. Maria 6, Saavedra 4, Jonson 3, Flores 3, Deles 2, de Sequerra 2, Young 0, Castor 0, J. Domingo 0, San Juan 0.

Period Scores: 20-13, 32-23, 47-49, 66-62.

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About Anthony E. Servinio

A long-time television sportscaster, magazine writer, photographer and college professor from the Philippines finally gives blogging a try after more than a decade of on-line presence. Read on folks!
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