PARANAQUE CITY – Surprising Philippine School of Business Administration collected another scalp in the form of Technological Institute of the Philippines, 90-88, in overtime as the National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) continued at the A. R. Valdez Hall of PATTS College of Aeronautics Thursday (January 26). Deniro Gamboa put on a shooting clinic to carry the fight for the Jaguars and his teammates did the rest for their second win in as many games.
Player of the Game Gamboa, a nephew of PSBA alumni Jean Marc Pingris, scored all his 18 points from the three-point line, including the crucial go-ahead triple with 1:20 remaining in the extension, 85-84. The Engineers managed to tie the game with a free throw from Jay Gadon, 85-85, but Nathaniel Abayon and Michael Viloria scored on back-to-back lay-ups for some breathing space, 89-85.
Not giving up, Ivan Santos completed a three-point play off Mark Anthony Briones for TIP to threaten for the last time at the six-second mark, 88-89. Jay Gadon quickly fouled Christian Daguro who made his first but missed his second free throw resulting in a scramble that saw Terrence Matignas miss a desperation heave at the buzzer from the midcourt line.
“It was all about hardwork, patience and desire,” said assistant coach Joseph Ocampo who called the shots in lieu of head coach Philip Cezar. “The players just have to keep on believing in themselves.”
Gamboa caught fire in the third period by draining three triples to transform a 37-37 stalemate at halftime into a 60-52 advantage entering the final frame. The Engineers rallied with Alex Ramos scoring a field goal with 13 ticks to go in regulation to force the overtime.
Daguro and Briones paced the Jaguars with 21 points each with Briones hauling 12 rebounds for a double-double. Gadon topped the Engineers with 31 points and 14 rebounds followed by Ramos with 24 points and 20 rebounds but it was not enough to prevent them from falling to 0-2.
How They Scored:
P S B A – Q C (90) – Daguro 21, Briones 21, Gamboa 18, Velasco 10, Abayon 8, Viloria 8, Quiambao 2, Medina 2, Alimasa 0, Estrella 0, Agustin 0.
T I P – MANILA (88) – Gadon 31, Ramos 24, Matignas 19, Santos 5, Limpiada 3, Soriano 3, Lara 2, Manalang 1, de los Reyes 0, Mallari 0.
Period Scores: 21-24, 37-37, 60-52, 78-78 (reg.), 90-88 (OT).