Olivarez Escapes PCU, 67-65

NCBL_logo     PARANAQUE CITY – Pruvil Bermudes converted on a breakaway layup with four seconds left to rescue the Olivarez College Sea Lions from the upset-conscious Philippine Christian University Dolphins, 67-65, in continuing action from the National Collegiate Basketball League (NCBL) at the Dr. Pablo R. Olivarez Gym Friday (August 7). The Sea Lions improved to 4-2 and stayed in the hunt for one of two automatic semifinal seats in the six-team league.

Bermudes led the Sea Lions of Coach Myk Saguiguit with 17 points, including the game-winner and three triples in the second period. Klarenz Singh backed him up with 15 points and five rebounds.

Dolphin Von Tambeling tied the game at 65-65 with a free throw off an Elmer Labis foul at the 1:30 mark. Labis had a chance to redeem himself by fishing a foul from Tambeling but he could not make either free throw with the Dolphins grabbing the defensive rebound and issuing a baseball pass that was luckily intercepted to set the stage for Bermudes’ heroics.

PCU had one last chance as Tambeling drove strong to the ring only to be met by a wall of defenders as time expired. Coach Elvis Tolentino and the PCU bench erupted in protest demanding a foul but the decision stayed.

Tambeling paced the Dolphins with 19 points. JB Dangca was next with 13 points as the Dolphins sank to 2-4.

Centro Escolar University continued to stamp their class by thumping Manuel L. Quezon University, 66-60. The Scorpions maintained their immaculate 6-0 slate and a two-game lead over their closest pursuers.

Rodrigue Ebondo had a field day against his MLQU defenders by tallying 16 points and 20 rebounds. Samboy de Leon fired away from the perimeter with a pair of triples in the third period for 13 points and eight rebounds.

John Ambulodto topped the Stallions with 16 points. Christopher Bitoon had eight of his 14 points in the fourth period as MLQU tried one final rally but to no avail.

In the day’s curtain-raiser, the Technological Institute of the Philippines kept Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology winless, 75-58. The Engineers rose to 4-2 while the Red Fox dropped to 0-6.

Jemuel Namocatcat paced TIP with 15 points. Joshua Alcober and Terence Tumalip provided backup with 14 and 10 markers respectively.

EARIST drew fine numbers from RJ Natividad and Ebuka Umeanozie with 15 points each. Umeazonie also hauled 15 rebounds.

How They Scored:

First Game

TIP-MANILA (75) – Namocatcat 15, Alcober 14, Tumalip 10, Garcia 9, Akpuru 8, Pinas 8, Medina 6, Ibanez 5, Barranco 0, Litangi 0, Gadon 0, Lara 0, Santos 0.

EARIST (58) – Natividad 15, Umeanozie 15, Quiminales 11, Laus 6, Bandalan 4, Cruz 3, Montealegre 2, Martinez 2, de la Cruz 0, Orticio 0, Galvez 0, Jimenez 0.

Period Scores: 13-9, 27-23, 50-41, 75-58.

Second Game

OLIVAREZ (67) – Bermudes 17, Singh 15, Bustos 11, Magbitang 7, Saguiguit 4, Jasmin 4, Corneh 3, Begaso 2, Young 2, Labis 2, Madera 0, Navarro 0, Andigo 0.

PHILIPPINE CHRISTIAN (65) – Tambeling 19, Dangca 13, Sazon 10, Mescallado 8, Castro 5, Ayonayon 4, Pallatao 3, Leron 3, Vasquez 0, Bautista 0, Catipay 0.

Period Scores: 14-10, 27-27, 54-53, 67-65.

Third Game

CENTRO ESCOLAR (66) – Ebondo 16, S. de Leon 13, Telen 9, Abundo 8, Jeruta 8, Opiso 5, Batino 4, Celso 3, Saber 0, Arim 0, Anunciacion 0, Vargas 0, K. de Leon 0, Gallemit 0, Manlangit 0.

MANUEL L. QUEZON (60) – Ambulodto 16, Bitoon 14, Santos 12, Lao 6, Rivera 5, Maglangcom 4, Ignacio 2, Balidoy 1, Aurelio 0, Villegas 0, Lloren 0, Caliguiran 0.

Period Scores: 14-14, 36-23, 45-37, 66-60.

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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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