MANDALUYONG CITY – Fidel Castro knocked in a corner triple at the buzzer to lift Philippine Christian University over the home team Rizal Technological University, 71-70, at the 16th National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) in front of a stunned RTU Gym Wednesday (September 14). The Dolphins team captain received a precise sideline inbound from Reyl Vasquez for the game-winner.
Earlier, RTU team captain Storm Riva thought he had chalked up the victory via a high-looping shot that gave the Blue Thunder a two-point lead, 70-68, and 1.3 seconds to play prompting PCU coach Elvis Tolentino to call a timeout and map out the game-winning play. Riva’s heave was a fitting follow up to the three-point play by Johndel Flores that tied the game at 68-68 at the 26-second mark after which the Thunder forced a defensive stop.
Despite rolling his ankle in their previous game in their blowout win against New Era University that limited him to only 90 seconds of playing time, Tambeling saw action for 29 minutes and scattered six triples en route to 30 points to fuel PCU’s surge. Michael Ayonayon, who sustained a big cut in the same game, had stitches on his eyebrow and it hardly mattered as he backed Tambeling with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Kerr Bangeles paced the Blue Thunder with 15 points and 10 rebounds as they saw their three-game winning run come to a grinding halt. Cyrus Tabi was next with 13 points, eight rebounds and three assists.
How They Scored:
PHILIPPINE CHRISTIAN (71) – Tambeling 30, Ayonayon 13, Vasquez 7, Castro 6, Pallatao 6, Yasa 4, Sazon 3, Mescallado 2, Malto 0.
RIZAL TECHNOLOGICAL (70) – Bangeles 15, Tabi 13, Tilos 10, Liquinan 9, Asuncion 6, Estoce 5, Riva 5, Flores 4, Senires 3, Reyes 0.
Period Scores12-19, 30-36, 55-50, 71-70.