SAN JUAN City – Foton Toplander finally barged into the win column with a stunning 97-94 overtime decision over the Cagayan Rising Suns Wednesday (October 21) at the Pilipinas Commercial Basketball League (PCBL) Founders Cup at the San Juan Arena. Arvie Bringas scored on an under-goal stab with five seconds left in overtime to shatter a 94-94 tie then followed it up with by breaking up the Rising Suns’ next play, drawing a foul at the buzzer and sinking a free throw to settle the final tally.
Earlier, Bong Managuelod forced the extension with an awkward triple with nine seconds remaining in regulation, 87-87. Allan Mangahas had a chance to win it in regulation for Foton but his floater missed just as time expired.
In the overtime, Allan Santos scored five of his six points when it mattered most to give Foton a 94-91 edge with less than a minute to play. Junar Arce then countered with a basket to threaten, 93-94.
The Rising Suns then forced a turnover, forcing Foton to foul new recruit CJ Isit with 14 ticks to go. However, Isit could only split his free throws to tie the count and set the stage for Bringas’ game-winner.
Levi Hernandez was his usual prolific self, leading the way for Foton with 23 points. Mangahas was next with 22 points as the wards of Coach Jonathan Reyes notched their first win after two straight defeats to open the tournament.
Arce had his second straight double-double of 24 points and 15 rebounds but the effort went to naught as they absorbed their second loss in as many starts. Managuelod and Isit followed with 12 markers each.
The win though came at a cost for Foton after forward Jeric Nacpil was rushed to a nearby hospital. Nacpil fell hard on the floor after committing an offensive foul with 2:30 to go in the overtime and Foton nursing a shaking 90-97 lead.
In the first game, Euro-Med Laboratories of Coach Yong Garcia earned their second straight victory in as many outings by blasting Kama Motors, 81-70. Kama has now lost two straight after winning their first game.
Mar Villahermosa set the tone for the rout early with seven of his 13 points in the first period as Euro-Med surged forward, 23-16. Jam Cortes then popped in timely baskets to maintain their distance, finishing with a team-high 14 points and seven rebounds.
Cortes gave Euro-Med their biggest lead of 17 points entering the final minute of the game, 81-64. A late spree by Kama reduced the final margin.
Mark Montuano topped Kama with 18 points and six rebounds. Roider Cabrera was the only other teammate in double figures with 14.
The PCBL Founders Cup will continue on Friday (October 23) at the San Juan Arena with winless sides Supremo Lex Builders-OLFU and Cagayan seeking their first win at 4:00 PM. Euro-Med will then play Jumbo Plastic in the featured contest at 6:00 PM.
How They Scored:
EURO-MED (81) – Cortes 14, Villahermosa 13, de Leon 11, Cenal 8, Alberto 8, Abundo 8, Santos 8, Celso 6, Galanza 5, Custodio 0, Manalo 0.
KAMA MOTORS (70) – Montuano 18, Cabrera 14, Lunor 8, Llera 6, Fajardo 6, Ludovice 5, Lingganay 4, Argamino 3, Cawaling 2, Mercader 2, Ambulodto 2, Gil 0.
Period Scores: 23-16, 39-31, 60-50, 81-70.
FOTON (97) – Hernandez 23, Mangahas 22, Rivera 14, Nacpil 8, Rogado 7, Santos 6, Gomez 6, Bringas 5, Baloran 4, Rosaroso 2.
CAGAYAN VALLEY (94) – Arce 24, Managuelod 12, Isit 12, Salcedo 9, Siruma 8, Acidre 8, Caranguian 7, Flores 6, Bangga 4, Macasling 2, Brana 2, Doligon 0.
Period Scores: 21-27, 38-46, 62-67, 87-87 (reg.), 97-94 (OT).