SAN JUAN City – Mac Montilla scored on set play layup with a second left to carry Santa Lucia Realty over Kama Motors, 85-83, in continuing action from the Pilipinas Commercial Basketball League (PCBL) Founders Cup at the San Juan Arena Friday (October 30). Coming off a timeout, Montilla suddenly saw a clear lane to the basket as the Realtors assumed solo third place with their third win in five games.
Earlier, Jessie Saitanan sank a triple off a broken play to tie the score at 83-83 with six seconds remaining. Coach Boni Garcia then sued for time to map out the final play.
Hitting the game-winner was a fitting end to Montilla’s game-long brilliance that produced 24 points on top of five rebounds and five assists. Center Jun Gabriel followed with 16 points all made in the second half including a reverse stab that gave the Realtors an 81-80 lead at the 44-second mark.
The victory also avenged the Realtors’ opening day overtime loss to Kama, 92-99, wherein they bungled a 22-point lead. Kama dropped to 2-3 in the standings.
Kama entered the game with new reinforcements that made an immediate impact led by Paolo Pontejos with 23 points and eight assists. Rudy Lingganay followed with 15 points.
Pontejos tried to restore the lead back to Kama after Gabriel’s basket but was blocked as he drove the baseline. Not yet in the penalty, Kama was forced to give up four fouls in succession to send Montilla to the foul line, sinking both gift shots to up Santa Lucia’s edge with six ticks to go, 83-80.
The deadline for changing all rosters is midnight of October 31. Kama enlisted Pontejos and Jamil Ortuoste while Jonathan Grey and Michael Calisaan will debut in their next contest.
Meanwhile, Caida Tiles coasted to their fifth straight win to remain unblemished and alone at the top of the standings by repeating over Foton Toplander, 93-83. The Tilemasters beat Foton also on opening day, 90-81.
A strong second period that saw them outscore Foton, 25-14, provided enough cushion for the Tilemasters of Coach Michael Buendia. Still, Foton gave it a good challenge and trimmed the gap to only three markers early in the third period but timely baskets by Joseph Terso, Dexter Maiquez and Janus Lozada preserved the win.
“I am very satisfied with how the team has responded and I trust that they will deliver more as the tournament progresses,” said Coach Buendia, who declined to make any roster changes despite the looming deadline. “I also invite the fans to check out the PCBL games at the live venues, the level of play is good and entertaining.”
Maiquez had a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Jackson Corpuz followed with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Levi Hernandez set a new tournament single-game record of 28 points but the effort was not enough as Foton fell to a 1-4. Allan Mangahas followed with 20 points and Ed Rivera added 15 as the rest of the squad struggled for form.
The PCBL will shift to a new venue at the Jesus Christ Saves Global Outreach Gym in Cubao, Quezon City when play resumes on November 3 (Tuesday). Jumbo Plastic will skirmish with the Cagayan Rising Suns at 4:00 PM followed by the 6:00 PM duel between Supremo Lex Builders-OLFU and Euro-Med Laboratories.
How They Scored:
CAIDA TILES (93) – Maiquez 17, Corpuz 14, Robles 13, Terso 10, Lozada 9, Almario 8, Gabawan 4, Hayes 4, Jamon 4, Rios 3, Leynes 3, Ruaya 2, Jamito 2.
FOTON (83) – Hernandez 28, Mangahas 20, Gomez 15, Rivera 6, Reyes 4, Moraga 4, Enriquez 4, Habelito 2, Rosaroso 0, Baloran 0.
Period Scores: 25-26, 50-40, 66-61, 93-83.
SANTA LUCIA (85) – Montilla 24, Gabriel 16, Ilagan 8, Bautista 8, Camasura 7, Wetherell 7, Vidal 5, Sarangay 5, Celiz 3, Onwubere 2, Escosio 0, Nicholls 0.
KAMA MOTORS (83) – Pontejos 23, Lingganay 15, Cabrera 12, Ambulodto 8, Saitanan 7, Montuano 7, Ortuoste 6, Cawaling 3, Llera 1, Lunor 1, Fajardo 0, Ludovice 0, Argamino 0.
Period Scores: 17-16, 36-37, 62-56, 85-83.