MALOLOS CITY – Kiefer Ravena sank a triple with 0.4 of a second left in overtime and push Mighty Sports back into the winning track by halting Foton Toplander, 84-83, at the resumption of the 2016 Pilipinas Commercial Basketball League (PCBL) Chairman’s Cup Sunday (April 17) at the Malolos Sports and Convention Center. In the other game, Biyaheng SCTEX broke out of their slump to put away Santa Lucia Realty, 78-65.
Foton scored the first six points of the extension, 77-71, but Mighty fought back behind a pair of triples by Kevin Ferrer that gave them back the lead with 49 ticks to go, 81-80. Ferrer then fouled Ibrahim Ouattara who could only make one free throw to tie the count, 81-81.
Ravena missed a side jumper allowing Foton to grab possession and set up Cedric Ablaza for an off-balanced stab and the upper hand, 83-81. Coach Mike Fermin then sued for time to set up the final play and set up the thrilling finish.
“We were playing poorly the whole game but how we finish is most important,” said Ravena. “I guess this makes up for the last game where we got our first loss.”
Ravena was referring to their 73-74 bowing to Jumbo Plastic last Friday wherein he missed a free throw with a second to go that cost them the game and end their seven-game winning run. Coach Fermin sat out the game in order to attend the Palarong Pambansa in Albay but still took full responsibility by saying “we win as a team, we lose as a team.”
Ravena topped Mighty with 19 points, five rebounds and four assists in 36 minutes of play. Bright Akhuetie followed with 18 points and 14 rebounds while Ferrer had eight of his 15 points in the overtime.
The Toplander was well in control since the first period and allowed Mighty to lead for the first time with three minutes left in regulation, 67-65. Ed Rivera forced overtime with a 15-footer and five seconds remaining, 71-71.
Rivera paced Foton with 18 points, 12 rebounds and five assists followed by Ablaza with 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists. The Toplander absorbed their first loss of Round Two after victories over Jumbo and Santa Lucia.
The Road Warriors spoiled the coaching debut of Joseph Gumatay, who replaced Coach Boni Garcia at the Realtors’ helm. SCTEX thus ended its three-game slide dating back to the tail end of Round One.
“We are still adjusting to our new import Steve Akomo,” said Coach Adonis Tierra. “The good thing about Steve is that he brings a lot of intimidation and post presence.”
SCTEX broke the game wide open at the start of the fourth period with Mark Pangilinan and Pamboy Raymundo hitting triples and Christopher Sumalinog added a basket for a 72-59 advantage. Santa Lucia could not find a counter as the team struggled with Prince Eze supplying their last six markers.
Despite being held scoreless in the fourth, Byron Villarias did enough damage through the first three periods to lead SCTEX with 14 points. Akomo added 12 while Raul Soyud, who missed their last game due to injury, bounced back with 11 points and 15 rebounds.
Eze led the Realtors with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Jett Vidal was the only other teammate in twin digits with 10 points.
The PCBL makes a return to the Jesus Christ Saves Global Outreach (JCSGO) Gym in Cubao, Quezon City for the games on April 20 (Wednesday). SCTEX and Supremo Lex-OLFU open hostilities at 5:00 PM followed by the 7:00 PM clash between Euro-Med Laboratories and Jumbo Plastic.
How They Scored:
BIYAHENG SCTEX (78) – Villarias 14, Akomo 12, Soyud 11, Pangilinan 10, Sumalinog 9, Raymundo 8, Hermida 6, del Rosario 4, Reyes 2, Batino 2, Vitug 0.
SANTA LUCIA (65) – Eze 15, Vidal 10, Bautista 8, Javelona 7, Escosio 6, Jamito 6, Salado 5, Camasura 2, Castanarez 2, Ilagan 2, Bangga 2, Gabriel 0.
Period Scores: 19-15, 44-41, 64-57, 78-65.
MIGHTY SPORTS (84) – Ravena 19, Akhuetie 18, Ferrer 15, Banal 12, Lopez 6, M. Bringas 6, Montilla 4, Regalado 2, A. Bringas 2, Mangahas 0, Celada 0, Wongchuking 0.
FOTON TOPLANDER (83) – Rivera 18, Abaza 16, Nacpil 16, Moraga 15, Gomez 10, Ouattara 6, Hernandez 2, Mallari 0.
Period Scores: 10-18, 28-38, 52-54, 71-71 (reg.), 84-83 (OT).