PASIG CITY – Kama Motors rallied from as much as 22 points down to defeat Santa Lucia Realty in overtime, 99-92, in a grand start to the 2015 Pilipinas Commercial Basketball League (PCBL) Founders Cup Sunday (October 11) at the Pasig Sports Center. Later on, sister team Caida Tiles made it a double celebration by whipping Foton Toplander in the main game, 90-81.
Regulation play ended at 82-82 and big men Jesse Saitanan and Mark Montuano opened the extra period with back-to-back triples that gave Kama their very first taste of the lead in the game, 88-86. Entering the final minute, Saitanan added another triple followed by two free throws and the defense did not concede a field goal for the rousing victory for the wards of Coach Jerry Ruiz.
Rudy Lingganay played the hero’s role by tipping in Roider Cabrera’s missed free throw to threaten with 42 ticks to go, 81-82. A crucial defensive stop forced the Realtors to foul Lingganay who tied the count with a free throw split, 82-82.
Another crucial defensive stop returned the ball to Kama with 19 seconds on the clock but Montuano’s barrelling drive missed the mark at the buzzer. It was a sorry loss for the Realtors who built an imposing 22-point lead just before the halftime break, 45-23.
Cabrera hit 25 points followed by Lingganay with 23 and Montuano with 21 in an overpowering display of offensive might. Three-point shooting especially in the second half and overtime was the key for Kama with Cabrera accounting for five and Saitanan and Montuano with two each.
Santa Lucia’s Ivan Camasura earned his place in the trivia books by scoring the first two points of the PCBL via a layup 38 seconds into the contest. The Realtors actually raced to a 7-0 lead and slowly pulled away by halftime, 47-29.
Jerrald Bautista hit 15 points in the first half and did not score again until adding six in the overtime for a team-high 21 points. Jett Vidal came off the bench to chip in 15 markers.
Suddenly behind by seven entering the two-minute warning before halftime, 36-43, Caida of Coach Michael Buendia went on the score nine unanswered points capped by a Jordan Rios late basket that restored the lead to the Tilemasters for good, 45-43. Momentum clearly on their side, Caida continued their rampage in the second half with Billy Ray Robles and Alex Almario connecting on two consecutive baskets for their biggest lead, 72-56.
Foton tried one final rally with Moncrief Rogado stringing three straight triples as part of a 13-3 run that put them within striking distance at the halfway point of the fourth period, 69-75. This was quickly negated by a big field goal from Jamil Gabawan followed by two more from Marvin Hayes to give Caida ample breathing space, 81-69.
The Tilemasters then traded baskets with Foton, preventing any chipping away at their huge advantage. A buzzer-beating triple by Foton’s Allan Mangahas settled the final tally.
Rios paced Caida with 12 points. Almario followed with 11 points and five assists.
Levi Hernandez topped Foton with 22 points. Rogado was next with 16 points, 12 of those coming from beyond the three-point arc.
The PCBL Founders Cup resumes with a doubleheader at the San Juan Arena on Wednesday (October 14). Caida will test debuting Jumbo Plastic at 4:00 PM followed by the clash between the Realtors and Supremo Lex-OLFU at 6:00 PM.
How They Scored:
KAMA MOTORS (99) – Cabrera 25, Lingganay 23, Montuano 21, Saitanan 12, Cawaling 7, Ludovice 4, Fajardo 3, Llera 2, Lunor 2, Gil 0, Mercader 0, Argamino 0, Ambulodto 0, Ibay 0.
SANTA LUCIA (92) – Bautista 21, Vidal 15, Montilla 12, Ilagan 9, Escosio 7, Celiz 7, Wetherell 6, Camasura 5, Onwubere 4, Gabriel 4, Sarangay 2, Banal 0.
Period Scores: 11-19, 29-47, 54-68, 82-82 (reg.), 99-92 (OT).
CAIDA TILES (90) – Rios 12, Almario 11, Parala 10, Terso 9, Hayes 9, Corpuz 8, Lozada 7, Ruaya 7, Robles 6, Gabawan 5, Jamon 4, Maiquez 2, Jamito 0, Leynes 0.
FOTON (81) – Hernandez 22, Rogado 16, Rivera 12, Mangahas 10, Gomez 8, Bringas 4, Nacpil 4, Santos 3, Rosaroso 2, Baloran 0.
Period Scores: 15-22, 45-43, 68-54, 90-81.