PASIG CITY – Undefeated Philippine Christian University secured the top position in Group A of the Rain Or Shine Sumilang Invitational Tournament thanks to an 81-77 win over winless Technological Institute of the Philippines at the Sumilang Covered Court Saturday afternoon (April 22). Leading for almost the entire game, the Dolphins saved enough strength to repel the Engineers’ late rally that fell short.
PCU banked on their fluid running game complemented by the hot three-point shooting of Yves Sazon to build their biggest lead of the game in the fourth period, 72-56. However, TIP tried to overhaul the deficit behind Sean Mallari who starred in an 11-0 run that put the Engineers to within four markers with eight seconds left on a basket by Jopet Soriano.
Coach Elvis Tolentino quickly called a timeout to settle down his Dolphins. Not yet in the penalty, the Engineers gave up fouls but time was not on their side as PCU took the victory.
Sazon converted five of his nine triple attempts en route to a team-best 23 points to go with six rebounds. Michael Ayonayon supported him with 20 points off the bench mostly scored in the in second half.
Mallari had 13 of his 16 points in the fourth period that greatly changed the complexion of the game. Also contributing for the Engineers were Guilber Carurucan and Kevin Lara with 14 markers each but it was not enough to avoid their third straight defeat.
How They Scored:
PHILIPPINE CHRISTIAN (81) – Sazon 23, Ayonayon 20, Vasquez 7, Mescallado 7, Camaya 6, Pallatao 6, Sumalacay 6, Bautista 4, Galit 2, Malto 0, Abrigo 0, Catipay 0.
TIP-MANILA (77) – Mallari 16, Carurucan 14, Lara 14, Manalang 8, Soriano 8, Ramos 6, Tan 6, Millan 3, Limpiada 2, de los Reyes 0, Averilla 0.
Period Scores: 25-14, 36-26, 60-49, 81-77.