DASMARINAS CITY – Breaks of the game and a sudden plot twist in the end paved the way for Emilio Aguinaldo College-Cavite getting the better of next door neighbor De La Salle University-Dasmarinas, 65-61, in the main game of the 26th National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) at the Ugnayang La Salle. The win kept alive the Vanguard’s hopes of making next month’s quarterfinals with a 2-3 win-loss record.
Vincent Gabriana barrelled his way to the basket for a layup against a wall of defenders to put the Vanguard ahead with nine seconds to play, 63-61. The home squad Patriots had a chance but the EAC defense managed to bat the ball out of bounds with 1.4 seconds to go.
Upon video review, possession remained with DLSU but disaster struck as Jonas de Vera was called for an unsportsmanlike foul after hitting John Rey de Quiros on the abdomen just before the ball could be put into play. De Quiros calmly made both his free throws to assure the win.
Gabriana fittingly led the Vanguard with 15 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks. De Quiros was next with 10 points, five rebounds and four assists.
John Cantimbuhan paced the Patriots with 15 points. Patrick Jamon came off the bench to add 14 points and six rebounds.
It was a sorry loss for the Patriots who led entering the final period, 46-38. This marks their third straight loss after winning their first two and match the Vanguard in the standings.
How They Scored:
EAC-CAVITE (65) – Gabriana 15, de Quiros 10, Beduria 9, Batestil 7, Agillon 7, Aguinaldo 6, Santillan 4, Camana 3, Adiao 3, Catsao 1, Dultra 0, Justan 0, Rafael 0.
DLSU-DASMARINAS (61) – Cantimbuhan 15, Jamon 14, de Vera 8, Caronongan 6, Amponin 4, Montes 4, Merilles 3, Loor 3, Lina 2, Loyola 2, Gamale 0, Tupaz 0, Labao 0, Stephenson 0.
Period Scores: 13-14, 28-25, 38-46, 65-61.