MAKATI CITY – This time, the home fans of the University of Makati will go home happy after their Herons carved out a 102-93 win in overtime over visiting Asian Institute of Maritime Studies at the resumption of the National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) last Thursday (February 20). The home squad finally got to taste a win after four false starts but it was not easy.
AIMS’ Christian Arcenal forced the overtime by drilling in a long triple at the buzzer of regulation, 83-83. The Blue Sharks completed their comeback after UMak’s John Lloyd Maneja missed two free throws with 10 seconds left that could have sealed the victory.
In the overtime, CJ Dabbay and EJ Redoblado took over and made that the game won’t slip away by hitting the big baskets that gave the Herons a five-point cushion with a minute to play, 96-91. AIMS would inch closer on two free throws from Ezra Pacla but Jerico Estaris delivered the dagger triple with 39 seconds on the clock and Redoblado sank another triplet the buzzer for the final tally.
Dabbay notched a double double of 18 points and 19 rebounds. Redoblado had a combined 10 points in the fourth period and overtime to finish with a team high 22 points plus nine rebounds.
Arcenal paced the still winless Blue Sharks with 19 points and six rebounds. Also hitting twin figures were Louisse Evangelista with 16 and Kirby Alvendia with 14.
How They Scored:
MAKATI (102) – Redoblado 22, Dabbay 18, Ongpauco 14, Lapasaran 14, Estaris 13, Maneja 8, Viray 5, Patricio 5, Burata 3, Fermilan 0, Lopez 0, Sarmiento 0.
A I M S (93) – Arcenal 19, Evangelista 16, Alvendia 14, Gancayco 9, Javiero 8, Pacla 7, Gasgonia 6, Lotoc 5, Roblo 5, Inid 3, Lim 1, Fajardo 0.
Period Scores: 23-15, 42-39, 58-61, 83-83 (reg.), 102-93 (OT).