MAKATI CITY – Colegio de San Lorenzo summoned their collective survival instincts to frustrate De Ocampo Memorial College, 89-78, and force a deciding Game Three in the National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) Seniors Basketball championship series at the Makati Coliseum Wednesday morning (March 29). The decider is scheduled on Friday (March 31) at the same venue starting at 10:00 AM.
DOMC, 92-87 winners of Game One two days earlier, looked to settle the outcome early by opening the game with a 7-0 run led by Redel Fabro. However, CDSL answered back with eight consecutive points anchored on Jun Gabriel to seize the lead and never relinquishing it.
Unfazed by the 18-point halftime deficit staring at their faces, the Cobras found their second wind as Dahrrel Caranguian erupted for 10 markers in the third canto to close in entering the fourth, 57-68. However, the tough task of rallying coupled with foul trouble on key players prevented the Cobras from staging their patented strong finishing kick as Jan Dominic Formento continued his game-long torrid shooting pace and Gabriel remained a rock-solid presence under the basket to preserve the win for the Griffins.
Gabriel showed why he is the league’s best big man by unloading a total of 28 points. Formento sank six triples to tally 24 points off the bench.
Compounding DOMC’s problems was the ejection of forward Igi Boy Sabasaje with 3:18 left in the game after he committed his second unsportsmanlike foul, the first coming way back in the first period. Caranguian likewise struggled with only three markers in the first half.
Still Caranguian paced the Cobras with 21 points. Jhonard Clarito and Fabro were both hampered by fouls but still managed to eke out 15 and 10 points respectively.
How They Scored:
SAN LORENZO (89) – Gabriel 28, Formento 24, Astrero 9, Baldevia 9, Alvarado 6, Laman 5, Vargas 4, Callano 4, Gojar 0.
DE OCAMPO (78) – Caranguian 21, Clarito 15, Fabro 10, de la Cruz 9, Ramos 8, Gallardo 4, Lescano 4, Sabasaje 2, Pascual 2, Montojo 2, Atabay 1, Manalang 0, Canelas 0.
Period Scores: 25-16, 49-31, 68-57, 89-78.