QUEZON CITY – Kama Motors is on a high after establishing the first back-to-back wins in team history by subduing the Jumbo Plastic Linoleum Giants, 80-78, in continuing action from the Pilipinas Commercial Basketball League (PCBL) Founders Cup last Tuesday (November 17) at the Jesus Christ Saves Global Outreach Gym. While Kama is streaking, the Giants suddenly find themselves in a two-game skid after winning five in a row.
Kama used a 16-0 blast midway in the fourth period to erect their biggest lead of the game entering the final two minutes, 79-68, Unfazed, Jumbo Plastic countered with a 10-0 run of their own capped by a Mark Lopez free throw that put them within a point at the 13-second mark, 78-79.
Lopez quickly fouled Rudy Lingganay, who could only make the first of two gift shots and pad their lead, 80-78. The Giants had a good chance to win or force overtime but Jeff Alvin Viernes missed on a strong drive and Tristan Perez failed to tip in the offensive rebound to seal their fate.
“As you saw in the fourth, this was a game of runs and we just made the right defensive stops at the right time,” said a very elated Coach Aris Dimaunahan. “I really like the players’ dedication and their cohesion is improving as this is a very big win for us.”
Kama Motors entered the game sans recruits Jonathan Grey and Jamil Ortuoste who nursed injuries. Paolo Pontejos was also unavailable due to a school activity at Jose Rizal University.
“They are good for at least 30 points combined,” said Coach Dimaunahan about his missing players. “Good thing everyone contributed especially the veterans like JR Cawaling, Roider Cabrera and Rudy Lingganay who saved us.”
Cawaling returned after a two-game absence due to a hamstring injury to scatter 11 of his 18 points in the pivotal third period. Cabrera fired four triples en route to 16 points and 11 rebounds while Lingganay starred in the fourth period with nine of his 15 points on top of seven rebounds and nine assists.
In the curtain-raiser, the battle of the bottom two squads in the standings proved to be entertaining as Foton Toplander rallied in the fourth period to frustrate Supremo Lex Builders-OLFU, 96-92. Both teams are now tied with 2-6 records.
The Builders bungled a 17-point advantage as Foton turned to the big plays of Ed Rivera, Allan Mangahas and Jeric Nacpil in the crunch to reverse the result in their favor. Rivera’s final field goal broke the game’s last deadlock, 87-85, and under three minutes to play.
While Supremo Lex continued to come back, Nacpil hit a crucial side jumper with the shot clock winding down and 13 ticks on the game clock, 94-90. Joseph Gabayni then scored to threaten for the last time, 92-94.
Mangahas was quickly fouled and calmly made both his free throws for the final tally with still eight seconds in the balance. Despite going scoreless in the fourth, Marlon Gomez more importantly sealed the victory by breaking up Supremo’s ensuing possession.
“In our tournament format, no one will be eliminated from the playoffs so we might pull an upset,” said Coach Jonathan Reyes. “Despite our standing, I am satisfied with the way we are performing – the players are staying within system and play hard always.”
Rivera, the burly center out of Arellano University, powered the win with 25 points, 11 rebounds and four assists. Nacpil followed with 16 points and six rebounds.
Gabayni matched his tournament-best of 21 points plus nine rebounds. Jaypee Belencion and Jason Escueta added 18 and 16 points respectively while Christopher Bitoon had a double-double of 10 points and 12 assists.
The PCBL Founders Cup resumes on Thursday (November 19) with top team Caida Tiles testing Santa Lucia Realty at 4:00 PM followed by a meeting of today’s winners in Kama Motors and Foton at 6:00 PM. Venue is still at the JCSGO Gym.
How They Scored:
FOTON (96) – Rivera 25, Nacpil 16, Gomez 14, Hernandez 10, Mangahas 9, Reyes 6, Enriquez 6, Rosaroso 5, Moraga 5, Penaflor 0.
SUPREMO LEX-OLFU (92) – Gabayni 21, Belencion 18, Escueta 16, Bitoon 10, Teodoro 7, Jornacion 5, Yaya 4, Juanico 4, Marquez 4, Santos 3, Rosales 0.
Period Scores: 14-22, 41-48, 65-75, 96-94.
KAMA MOTORS (80) – Cawaling 18, Cabrera 16, Lingganay 15, Calisaan 13, Montuano 10, Argamino 5, Ambulodto 2, Ludovice 1, Llera 0, Lunor 0, Saitanan 0.
JUMBO PLASTIC (78) – Martinez 14, M. Lopez 11, Viernes 11, J. Lopez 11, Padilla 9, Taganas 6, Perez 6, Arellano 5, Tayongtong 3, Mandani 2, Eguilos 0.
Period Scores: 19-19, 31-38, 60-59, 80-78.