MAKATI CITY – Lyceum of Subic Bay needed an overtime to eliminate Philippine Merchant Marine School, 74-72, and march into the semifinals of the 16th National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities Monday (October 3) at the Makati Coliseum. The Sharks are back in familiar territory since they also made the semifinals en route to Third Place back in 2009, the season before they went on an a leave of absence that ended earlier this year.
Carl Michael Lumbao made sure that the new generation of Sharks would match the achievement of their predecessors by scoring the go-ahead basket simultaneous to the overtime period’s two-minute warning, 74-72. Lumbao and Rocky Antonares then gave their sides anxious moments by missing two free throws each to keep the score unchanged.
A loose ball scramble sent the ball out of bounds near the PMMS basket and was deemed too close to call thus prompting a jump with seven seconds on the clock that was won by the Sharks. Suddeny, Quilatan stole the ball and heaved a desperation shot at the buzzer that went nowhere and formally removing the Mariners from title contention.
“For a moment, I held my breath as Quilatan took his shot,” admitted Coach Kerwin McCoy. “The shot had a good line but good thing for us that he missed.”
The regulation windup was just as thrilling with Reygie Debulcos canning a triple with fours ticks remaining that tied the count at 66-66. Quilatan forced a quick turnover with a clean steal and fired the ball to the waiting Debulcos who missed the potential game winner at the buzzer.
Lumbao led all scorers with 21 points, four assists and three steals and selection as Best Player. Fabrice Siewe likewise had monster numbers of 16 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks.
Debulcos topped the Mariners with 15 points. Elvin Chan and Daryl Margaja provided support with 12 and 11 points respectively.
The Sharks will play the seeded Saint Clare College of Caloocan Saints in the semifinals. Game One of the best-of-three championship series will be at the Makati Coliseum on Thursday (October 6).
How They Scored:
LYCEUM OF SUBIC BAY (74) – Lumbao 21, Siewe 16, Timpog 14, Fomera 7, Castillo 6, Saludo 4, Pelaez 4, del Rosario 2, Jacaban 0, Santos 0, Hansen 0.
P M M S (72) – Debulcos 15, Chan 12, Margaja 11, Antonares 9, Quilatan 8, Matillano 6, Yagonia 5, Mboe 4, Villamayor 2, Bernardo 0, Attas 0.
Period Scores: 17-14, 34-32, 49-49, 66-66 (reg.), 74-72 (OT).