PARANAQUE CITY – Home side Olivarez College needed overtime to clinch the fourth and final semifinal berth at the 25th Sta. Lucia Land National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) by nipping visiting New Era University, 82-81, Friday afternoon. Veteran guard Pruvil Bermudes forced the overtime with a triple at the seven-second mark of regulation, 72-72, and then completed his heroics with the go-ahead basket also with seven ticks left in the extension.
Bermudes was the hands down choice as Best Player with 20 points on four of seven three-point shooting in only 17 minutes of play. His clutch play was a good complement to Vinny Begaso who notched a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds.
Richard Velchez had a golden chance to salvage the win for New Era but his under-goal stab bounced on the rim several times before immediately being coughed out by the hoop. The miss put a damper on his monster performance of 22 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocks while teammate Jeff Comia ended his impressive season with 30 points, seven rebounds and six steals.
In the overtime, Bermudes hit his fourth and final triple to give Olivarez an 80-74 advantage with just under four minutes to play. The Hunters though countered behind Dexter Castillo, Velchez and Comia who gave them the lead for the last time via two free throws off Jayboy Solis at the 19-second mark.
The Sea Lions will next play the Philippine Merchant Marine School Mariners in the semifinals this Thursday. The Mariners also escaped with a similar one-point triumph over PATTS College of Aeronautics in their quarterfinal encounter, 79-78.
How They Scored:
OLIVAREZ (82) – Begaso 21, Bermudes 20, Solis 13, Rabe 10, Sala 5, Geronimo 4, Navarro 3, Saguiguit 2, Sunga 2, Almajeda 2.
NEW ERA (81) – Comia 30, Velchez 22, Udjan 8, Castillo 7, Reyes 6, Plema 4, Macaranas 2, Astoveza 2, Magkalas 0, de la Cruz 0.
Period Scores: 13-19, 32-30, 57-54, 72-72 (reg.), 82-81 (OT).