MAKATI CITY – Philippine Christian University made sure that Saint Clare College’s return to the top of the 16th National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) standings would be a short one after handing them a 90-88 drubbing Monday (September 19) at the Makati Coliseum. Hence for the second straight game and hours apart, the league’s top team fell to the upset axe.
Still sizzling from his 45-point performance two days ago in Subic, Yves Sazon did not waste time in scattering 13 markers during the first period as it laid the foundation for the Dolphins erecting a 54-30 lead just before the halftime break. Unfazed, the Saints turned to Paeng Rebugio, Rojay Santos and Steve Fongue to slowly erase the Dolphins’ lead and tie the game entering the final period, 69-69.
The fourth period meant it was time for Von Tambeling to save the day again for PCU. Scoreless in the first half and still bothered by an ankle injury, Tambeling defied his defenders to break the game’s final tie of 88-88 with eight seconds remaining, 90-88.
After a Saints timeout, Jordan Rios issued an errant inbound pass that could not be controlled by Rebugio. Rios was forced to foul Tambeling and the gambit seemed to work as Tambeling missed both charities to give Saint Clare a big opportunity.
However, Rebugio slipped as he dribbled down the floor to seal the Saints’ fate. Saint Clare was handed the top spot after the erstwhile leader Enderun Colleges bowed to Colegio de San Lorenzo, 80-81, in the preceding game.
Sazon still paced the Dolphins with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Tambeling had 16 of his 19 points in the fourth period to cop the Best Player award.
Rebugio led Saint Clare with 25 points, 12 coming in the crucial third period. Rojay Santos was next with 17 points but went scoreless in the fourth and final period.
How They Scored:
PHILIPPINE CHRISTIAN (90) – Sazon 23, Tambeling 19, Ayonayon 16, Castro 13, Vasquez 11, Yasa 6, Malto 2, Pallatao 0, Mescallado 0.
SAINT CLARE (88) – Rebugio 25, Santos 17, Puspus 10, de Mesa 8, Dionisio 6, Fongue 5, Rios 5, Palencia 4, Managuelod 4, de Leon 2, Hallare 2, Fuentes 0, Esguerra 0.
Period Scores: 33-16, 54-38, 69-69, 90-88.