MAKATI CITY – In only his second game at the 16th National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU), guard Jason Riley is coming in good as advertised. Forced to sit out the start of the season in order to attend to personal matters back in the United States, Riley wasted no time in keying AMA University’s huge upset of Philippine Christian University, 95-82, Friday night (September 9) at the Makati Coliseum.
Riley combined well with forward Jezer Calma as they erected a commanding 68-47 lead late in the third period. Suddenly, the Dolphins came roaring back as Von Tambeling began to hit from all angles and Reyl Vasquez canned two free throws to threaten with 2:43 to play, 75-77.
Riley then swapped back-to-back baskets against hits by Michael Ayonayon and Tambeling and completed his heroics by issuing a crisp assist to a waiting Jayson Jordan for an 83-79 lead with 42 ticks to go.
Vasquez then sank a surprise sideline triple to cut the deficit to a single point, 82-83, and 28 seconds to play. AMA’s Daniel Salonga then scored on off-balanced prayer without looking at the hoop at the five-second mark, forcing the Dolphins to scramble and desperately heave the ball from midcourt but to no available.
Riley was adjudged as the Best Player with 21 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Calma supported him with 20 points and 11 rebounds.
The Titans continued to be handled by assistant coach Benjie Diswe as Mark Herrera remained in sickbay for the third straight game. The Titans rose to 3-4 while the Dolphins fell to 2-3.
Tambeling scored all his 23 points in the second half, including 13 in the final period rally. Ayonayon followed with 19 points and seven rebounds.
How They Scored:
A M A (85) – Riley 21, Calma 20, Salonga 14, Ortega 11, Magpantay 8, Jordan 7, de Guzman 4, Macaranas 0, Carpio 0, Fuentes 0.
PHILIPPINE CHRISTIAN (82) – Tambeling 23, Ayonayon 19, Sazon 14, Vasquez 8, Castro 5, Mescallado 5, Yasa 5, Abrigo 3, Pallatao 0, Malto 0, Galit 0.
Period Scores: 18-20, 42-37, 69-56, 85-82.