SAN JUAN City – Caida Tiles maintained their grip on the leadership of the Pilipinas Commercial Basketball League (PCBL) Founders Cup by sneaking past Santa Lucia Realty, 65-64, in continuing action Monday (October 26) at the San Juan Arena. The Malolos City-based Tilemasters rose to their fourth win in as many starts while the Realtors evened their record at 2-2.
Upon seizing the upper hand early in the second period, 23-22, Caida never looked back and did a good job of lead management, leading by as much as 11 on a Jackson Corpuz basket to begin the second half, 44-33. Still, the wards of Coach Michael Buendia had to battle a late scare to tally the victory.
The Realtors slowly climbed back with Mac Montilla scoring on a scooping layup to come to within a point at the 22-second mark, 64-65. Joseph Terso was then foul but succumbed to the pressure by missing both free throws and the Tilemasters batting the ball out of bounds with 18 ticks to play.
After a video review, possession was awarded to the Realtors. Armed with a lot of time, Santa Lucia had a golden chance to steal the win but Dexter Maiquez stepped up on defense and blocked Jett Vidal’s potential game-winner at the buzzer.
Janus Lozada topped Caida with 10 points including a crucial triple in the fourth that gave them a 64-57 edge with 3:30 to go. Corpuz, Ford Ruaya and Billy Ray Robles followed with nine points each and a combined 15 rebounds.
Vidal paced the Realtors with 19 points. Jerald Bautista was next with 12 markers.
In the first game, Caida’s sister team Kama Motors welcomed new head coach Aris Dimaunahan by coming from behind to topple Foton Toplander, 76-74. JR Cawaling hit a side triple with 22 seconds on the clock for the go-ahead points, 75-74.
Playing his first game of the tournament, Mikee Reyes tried to answer back with a triple but it missed, forcing them to foul Rudy Lingganay who split his free throws to give Foton a window of opportunity with 11 ticks left.
Allan Mangahas drove strong to the basket but his shot went nowhere and the loose ball going out of bounds in Foton’s favour with two seconds to execute. Reyes then tried to win the game but his jumper at the buzzer failed to convert.
Mark Montuano powered Kama with 22 points and 13 rebounds as they snapped their two-game losing skid. Lingganay was next with 15 points on top of six rebounds and four assists.
Levi Hernandez and Ed Rivera led Foton with 20 and 16 points respectively. Reyes, who just recovered from a serious knee injury, made eight of his 14 points in the fourth period.
More PCBL games waits on Wednesday (October 28) at the San Juan Arena with Euro-Med Laboratories facing the Cagayan Rising Suns at 4:00 PM. The main game will have Supremo Lex Builders-OLFU against Jumbo Plastic at 6:00 PM.
How They Scored:
KAMA MOTORS (76) – Montuano 22, Lingganay 15, Ludovice 13, Cawaling 6, Cabrera 5, Mercader 4, Ibay 3, Lunor 2, Fajardo 2, Argamino 2, Llera 0, Gil 0.
FOTON (74) – Hernandez 20, Rivera 16, Reyes 14, Gomez 9, Habelito 7, Mangahas 4, Rosaroso 2, Bringas 0, Rogado 0, Baloran 0, Mallari 0.
Period Scores: 20-20, 34-40, 62-57, 76-74.
CAIDA TILES (65) – Lozada 10, Corpuz 9, Ruaya 9, Robles 9, Almario 7, Leynes 5, Terso 4, Maiquez 4, Rios 4, Hayes 2, Jamon 2, Gabawan 0, Jamito 0.
SANTA LUCIA (64) – Vidal 19, Bautista 12, Onwubere 8, Montilla 7, Escosio 6, Gabriel 5, Ilagan 4, Ablaza 2, Celiz 1, Camasura 0, Wetherell 0, Sarangay 0.
Period Scores: 17-17, 42-33, 53-49, 65-64.