MANILA – Olivarez College survived the tough challenge of Manuel L. Quezon University in overtime, 63-57, at the featured game of the National Collegiate Basketball League (NCBL) Friday (August 14) at the Technological Institute of the Philippines Gym. Vinny Begaso scored all of his six points in the extension and Klarenz Singh hit a big triple to raise the Sea Lions’ mark to 5-3 and remain in contention for an outright semifinal appearance.
John Paul Magbitang forced the extra period with a three-point play off John Ambulodto with 35 seconds left in regulation, 53-53. Christopher Bitoon then missed an ill-advised triple forcing Dennis Santos to give up his fifth and final foul on Marvi Bustos who then missed both his free throws with four ticks on the clock.
Elmer Labis paced the Sea Lions with 11 points. Bustos, Singh and Magbitang all added eight markers each in a balanced attack.
Bitoon topped the Stallions with 18 followed by Santos with 16 and Ambulodto with 12. The rest of the team could only muster seven points.
The league-leading Centro Escolar University Scorpions assured themselves of the top seeding and a seat in the semis by crushing the TIP Engineers in front of their home fans, 53-48. The Engineers’ loss coupled with Olivarez’ win resulted in both teams tied for Second Place at 5-3 behind the now 8-0 Scorpions.
Samboy de Leon fired from all angles to power the Scorpions with 16 points. John Karlo Casino followed with nine points.
Defense again proved to be key for CEU as they limited TIP to only eight points in the third period. Being the top seed gives the Scorpions the option to host the semifinal doubleheader scheduled for August 28 and if ever, the championship game on September 1.
Raymond Alvarado was the high man for the Engineers with 11. Jemuel Namocatcat added nine markers.
In the first game, the Philippine Christian University Dolphins kept the Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology Red Fox winless in a fight-marred encounter, 82-50. Michael Ayonayon and Kleirence Martinez were ejected with 1:58 to play and the outcome a foregone conclusion.
The melee and ensuing banishment spoiled Ayonayon’s stellar 23-point performance, including 17 in the second period that opened the floodgates. Fidel Castro, who missed the last game against MLQU due to a missing uniform, returned to active duty with 20 points.
No Red Fox scored in twin digits as they plunged deeper into the bottom of the rankings at 0-8. Miggy Orticio and RJ Natividad could only produce nine points followed by Jervis Jed Bandalan with seven.
How They Scored:
PHILIPPINE CHRISTIAN (82) – Ayonayon 23, Castro 20, Vasquez 10, Tambeling 7, Mescallado 6, Leron 5, Sazon 4, Catipay 3, Pallatao 2, Bautista 1, Lim 1, Jacinto 0.
EARIST (50) – Orticio 9, Natividad 9, Bandalan 7, Quiminales 6, Jimenez 6, Montealegre 5, Perez 4, Martinez 3, Pancho 1, Umeanozie 0, Galvez 0.
Period Scores: 13-8, 43-18, 65-39, 82-50.
CENTRO ESCOLAR (53) – S. de Leon 16, Casino 9, Jeruta 7, Ebondo 6, Abundo 5, Manlangit 4, Vargas 3, Telen 2, Gallemit 1, Arim 0, Anunciacion 0, Opiso 0, Batino 0, K. de Leon 0.
TIP-MANILA (48) – Alvarado 11, Namocatcat 9, Tumalip 6, Okoronkwo 4, Medina 4, Garcia 4, Ibanez 3, Akpuru 3, Gadon 2, Santos 2, Lara 0, Pinas 0.
Period Scores: 14-10, 29-21, 43-29, 53-48.
OLIVAREZ (63) – Labis 11, Bustos 8, Singh 8, Magbitang 8, Bermudes 7, Saguiguit 6, Begaso 6, Navarro 3, Solis 2, Young 2, Jasmin 2, Diaz 0.
MANUEL L. QUEZON (57) – Bitoon 18, Santos 16, Ambulodto 12, Pangan 4, Villegas 3, Lloren 3, Ignacio 1, Rivera 0, Lao 0, Balidoy 0.
Period Scores: 16-13, 29-29, 44-43, 53-53 (reg.), 63-57 (OT).