PARANAQUE CITY – Technological Institute of the Philippines picked up a very important 74-66 road win over Olivarez College Tuesday (August 11) at the resumption of the National Collegiate Basketball League at the Dr. Pablo R. Olivarez Gym. The Engineers’ victory enabled them to temporarily break out of a tie with the defeated Sea Lions for Second Place in the standings and more importantly gain ground on one of two outright semifinal berths.
Veteran Jemuel Namocatcat asserted his leadership in a one-man show in the final canto that rallied the Engineers from a 12-point deficit at halftime, 21-33. Namocatcat drained the go-ahead triple, 64-62, for the game’s only lead change.
Not yet done, he proceeded to knock in five of his six free throws to keep the Sea Lions in check. Kim Medina added one more charity to give TIP a seven-point cushion at the 1:37 mark, 70-63.
Time was not on the side of Olivarez despite Klarenz Singh finally converting a field goal after a long silence, 66-70, and 47 ticks to play. That proved to be the home side’s last hurrah as Medina chipped in one more free throw and Namocatcat sealed the final tally with a corner triple at the buzzer.
Namocatcat made 17 of his team-high 25 points in the fourth period. Medina followed with 16 points as TIP rose to solo Second Place at 5-2.
Singh paced the now 4-3 Sea Lions with 17 points. Pruvil Bermudes fired 11 of his 16 points early in the fourth period that kept Olivarez ahead before the Engineers’ reversed the tide.
It was sweet revenge indeed for TIP, who bowed to the visiting Sea Lions on opening day last July 14 at the TIP-Manila Gym, 70-74. Should they end up tied with the Sea Lions after the double classification round, the Engineers of Coach Sebastian de Vera will get the higher rank.
In the first game, the Centro Escolar Scorpions maintained their unbeaten record at 7-0 by manhandling the Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology, 74-63. Coach Edgar Macaraya opted to give more playing time to his second stringers and role players and the Scorpions still managed to display their bench depth by racing ahead after the first period and never looked back, 22-8.
The Red Fox hopes hit a big snag when team scoring leader Paolo Quiminales was ejected together with CEU’s Sonny Boy Saber for fighting. Still, EARIST continued to play with resolve and managed to pare the final deficit significantly.
Jeremy Gallemit topped CEU with 13 points followed by Jayjay Manlangit with 10. June Cruz and Renz Jimenez paced EARIST with 15 markers each.
The third game between Philippine Christian University and Manuel L. Quezon University was moved to Thursday (August 13) at the TIP-Manila Gym starting at 10:00 AM. NCBL Commissioner Matias Calizar made the decision after a series of power failures delayed the first two games.
How They Scored:
CENTRO ESCOLAR (74) – Gallemit 13, Manlangit 10, Ebondo 9, Opiso 8, Casino 8, Celso 8, Arim 6, Anunciacion 4, Jeruta 3, K. de Leon 2, Aranas 2, Vargas 1, Saber 0, Aquino 0.
EARIST (63) – Cruz 15, Jimenez 15, Natividad 14, Umeazonie 11, Perez 6, Orticio 2, Martinez 0, Quiminales 0, Galvez 0, Bandalan 0.
Period Scores: 22-8, 42-24, 59-36, 74-63.
TIP-MANILA (74) – Namocatcat 25, Medina 16, Tumalip 7, Lara 7, Akpuru 6, Ibanez 5, Alcober 4, Gadon 2, Alvarado 2, Pinas 0, Garcia 0.
OLIVAREZ (66) – Singh 17, Bermudes 16, Magbitang 8, Labis 7, Bustos 5, Corneh 4, Young 4, Jasmin 4, Saguiguit 3, Navarro 2, Tomilloso 2, Begaso 0, Solis 0.
Period Scores: 9-19, 21-33, 42-48, 74-66.