THE FINALS: Jumbo Plastic Forces Rubber Match

2016 PCBL Chairman's Cup     MARIKINA CITY – Jeff Alvin Viernes and James Martinez made sure that they will play a game this Friday.  The high-scoring duo combined for 31 points each as Jumbo Plastic nipped Mighty Sports in overtime, 89-87, and take the best-of-three championship for the 2016 Pilipinas Commercial Basketball League (PCBL) Chairman’s Cup to a deciding game.

Viernes tied the count by sinking two pressure-packed free throws with two seconds left off an Allan Mangahas foul, 80-80.  Kiefer Ravena then missed a desperation heave thus setting the stage for the overtime.

In the overtime, Jayson Ibay completed a three-point play off Mark Bringas to give Jumbo Plastic a relatively big 89-85 cushion with 56 ticks remaining.  Ibay, forced to play after teammates Jaymo Eguilos, Jay-R Taganas and Allan Santos fouled out in succession, then fouled Bringas who made both his charities to threaten at the 48-second mark, 87-89.

Martinez almost cost Jumbo Plastic the game after he was whistled for an offensive to return the ball to Mighty Sports but Ravena missed another heave from midcourt at the buzzer.  Mighty Sports took Game One of the series last Sunday (May 22) in Malolos City, 79-67.

Viernes put the Linoleum Giants on top by six with 1:03 to go in regulation, 78-72.  A series of errors and fouls by Jumbo Plastic allowed Mighty Sports to go on an 8-0 run capped by a go-ahead triple from Ravena with 12 seconds on the clock, 79-78.

Moustapha Arafat was then spotted for a travelling violation, forcing Martinez to foul Gab Banal and stop the clock.  Banal wilted under the pressure and split his gift shots by missing the second and the loose ball quickly sent to the waiting Viernes for his heroics.

The 62 points of Viernes and Martinez is the highest total of any duo and also set personal PCBL highs for both players.  Viernes also added four rebounds, six assists and three steals.

The game was marred by a fracas after an irate Bright Akhuetie charged into the Jumbo Plastic dugout complaining that they disrespected him by grabbing at his sensitive areas during the game.  Akhuetie was restrained in time by his teammates and venue security.

“The momentum is now on our side and we will go for the championship,” declared Coach Stevenson Tiu.  Jumbo Plastic took last year’s PCBL Founders Cup via a two-game sweep of Caida Tiles and a back-to-back is a strong possibility.

Akhuetie was the high man for Mighty Sports with 27 points and 22 rebounds.  Ravena played the entire 45-minute game without relief and finished with 18 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Game Three of the series will be on Friday (May 27) at the Marikina Sports Center.  Jump ball will be a 6:00 PM.

Earlier, Euro-Med Laboratories took home Third Place after dominating Santa Lucia Realty, 79-71.  Euro-Med jumped to a 9-0 start and allowed the Realtors to deadlock the count only once at 35-35.

Jopher Custodio led the way for Euro-Med with 19 points and 10 rebounds while Jeffrey Tajonera and Eric Salamat followed with 12 points each.  Nichole Bangga paced the Realtors with 16 while Kent Salado added 15.

How They Scored:

For Third Place

EURO-MED (79) – Custodio 19, Salamat 12, Tajonera 12, Poligrates 11, Almario 7, Alvarez 6, Saitanan 3, Galanza 3, Gil 2, Capacio 2, Parala 2.

SANTA LUCIA (71) – Bangga 16, Salado 15, Bautista 11, Castanarez 8, Jamito 8, Vidal 5, Escosio 4, Javelona 4, Camasura 0, Ilagan 0, Gabriel 0.

Period Scores: 24-20, 39-35, 59-58, 79-71.


JUMBO PLASTIC (89) – Vienes 31, Martinez 31, Ibay 7, Siruma 6, Arafat 5, Santos 4, Taganas 4, Eguilos 1, Lopez 0, Arellano 0.

MIGHTY SPORTS (87) – Akhuetie 27, Ravena 18, Mangahas 12, Celada 8, M. Bringas 8, Banal 6, Montilla 4, Lopez 4, A. Bringas 0, Wongchuking 0.

Period Scores: 16-19, 45-39, 64-57, 80-80 (reg.), 89-87 (OT).


About Anthony E. Servinio

A long-time television sportscaster, magazine writer, photographer and college professor from the Philippines finally gives blogging a try after more than a decade of on-line presence. Read on folks!
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4 Responses to THE FINALS: Jumbo Plastic Forces Rubber Match

  1. Heinrich Kantanias says:

    You failed to mention ,that the Traveling call and the offensive foul call against the giants were dubious. The Referee named Gabriel was also whistle happy against jumbo. Very weird , especially that almost all the calls were in the crucial times. Hope you post my comment. Im not a fan of neither mighty or jumbo. Im actually a Sta.lucia fan. Just stating my observations last night. Because I was there

    • Mamabear says:

      TRUE! It’s harder to fight a biased game but Kudos to the Jumbo Giants players who fought hard & heart for the win! You don’t need drums for distraction, You don’t need Connection’s favors, You dont need bias, one-sided referee’s tricks, you may not have a gym full of cheerers but a few who truly BELIEVES in you is enough! Because in the end… The GOOD WINS! God is in your side.. LABAN JUMBO giants! PRAYING FOR A FAIR GAME!

  2. Leandro Tangsoc says:

    The officiating of Game 3 was actually acceptable for both sides. Thank God, we wanted to watch quality basketball from our future stars.
    I did watch the Replay of game 2 though. Hilarious calls called against the giants. Well thats basketball for you. Congratulations Jumbo for the back to back title

  3. Jimmy says:

    Hi, I lⲟg on to yooսr blogs daily. Your writing style is awesօme, keep it up!

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