MAKATI CITY – Enderun Colleges pulled off a dramatic 88-83 victory over Lyceum of Subic Bay and thus remain undefeated at the 16th National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) basketball tournament at the Makati Coliseum Monday (September 5). The Titans held the Sharks scoreless in the final two minutes, scoring the game’s last 14 points and knocking out the opposition from the ranks of the undefeated teams while stretching their own win streak to five games.
Trailing 74-83, team captain Christian Errol Villar highlighted the Titans’ huge rally by sinking the go-ahead triple from top of the key with 22 seconds remaining, 85-83. Fabrice Siewe the issued an errant pass to force Edsel Saludo to foul John Vidal who then split his free throws for more cushion, 86-83.
The Sharks tried to force overtime but Morten Hansen missed a triple with a second left on the clock. The loose ball went to Villar who was fouled anew, settling the final tally with two more gift shots.
Villar was eventually named as Best Player with totals of 24 points on four triples plus five assists. Mark Javen Gatdula was next with16 points and five rebounds.
The expected marquee matchup between Cameroonian behemoths Siewe and Wabo Kaptue was hardly felt as both lapsed into early foul trouble. Despite losing the game, Siewe got the better of his countryman with 19 points and 14 rebounds compared to Kaptue’s 11 points and five rebounds.
Allen Fomera dumped 11 of his 19 points in the third period to lift the Sharks to their biggest lead of the game, 68-56. Edsel Saludo was next with 12 points, eight coming in the second period to help Lyceum take a one-point lead at the halftime break, 42-41.
Meanwhile, Commissioner Matthew “Fritz” Gaston declared a double forfeiture in the day’s first game between New Era University and Philippine Merchant Marine School after both varsities failed to arrive in time for their 8:00 AM tip off. Both will now be given a loss each thus pulling them further down the standings with similar 1-4 records.
How They Scored:
ENDERUN (88) – Villar 24, Gatdula 16, Nunez 12, de la Cruz 11, Kaptue 11, Vidal 7, Grilli 6, Bernardo 1, Dungan 0, Kamguia 0.
LYCEUM OF SUBIC BAY (83) – Fomera 19, Siewe 19, Saludo 12, Pelaez 7, Lumbao 7, Timpog 7, Castillo 6, del Rosario 3, Santos 2, Falaminiano 1, Alcantara 0, Jacaban 0, San Luis 0, Hansen 0.
Period Scores: 15-15, 41-42, 63-70, 88-80.