Pirates waylay hapless Cards
Pirates waylay hapless CardsBy Cedelf P. Tupas
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Perpetual Help ended seven years of futility against defending champion San Beda in thrilling fashion last night as the Altas came away with an epic 88-87 overtime win in the 88th NCAA basketball tournament before a raucous crowd at the Filoil Flying V Arena.
In an endgame to remember, the Altas kept their poise in the extra period even after the Red Lions were galvanized by a buzzer-beating length-of-the-court heave from Baser Amer to force overtime at 72-all.
Given up for dead after Earl Thompson’s free throws made it a three-point lead with nine tenths of a second left in regulation, Amer took one dribble and buried a miracle of a shot from the three-point line on the other side of the court, sending the San Beda faithful into delirium.
But the Altas refused to waver in overtime, coming up with defensive gems in the last 35 seconds while cashing in on their chances for their first win over the Lions since August 2005.
The win also snapped San Beda’s 12-game winning run that started after the loss to Jose Rizal U last season.
“We wanted to catch a big fish and this was it,” Perpetual Help coach Aric Del Rosario said, after the Altas seized solo second by rising to 3-1.
The Altas rallied from four points down in the last 35 seconds of overtime with Thompson, who was celebrating his 19th birthday, hitting two free throws and Harold Arboleda tying the game with a reverse layup.
A steal off an inbound pass led to a layup by Jett Vidal who swung the lead back to the Altas, 86-84. While Vidal made the basket, Thompson was fouled, leading to two charities for 88-84.
Ryusei Koga drilled an inconsequential triple at the buzzer.
Riding on a wave of emotion, Lyceum choked Mapua with an airtight defense down the stretch to pull off a 78-74 win earlier.
The Senior scores:
LYCEUM 78—Ko 23, Guevarra 14, Cayabyab 12, Zamora 7, Andres 6, Laude 5, Francisco 5, Edding 3, Ambohot 3, Garcia 0, Martinez 0, Mallari 0.
MAPUA 74—Parala 27, Chien 11, Nimes 10, Ighalo 9, Estrella 7, Banal 4, Stevens 4, Abao 2, Cantos 0.
Quarters: 17-16, 34-34, 56-56, 78-74
PERPETUAL 88—Vidal 29, Thompson 23, Paulino 10, Jolangcob 9, Babayemi 6, Arboleda 6, Elopre 3, Omorogbe 2, Allen 0, Alano 0.
SAN BEDA 87—K. Pascual 25, Amer 19, Dela Cruz 12, Caram 11, Koga 9, Ludovice 4, J. Pascual 4, Dela Rosa 3, Villaruz 0, Bonsubre 0, Abarcar 0, Moralde 0, Lim 0.
Quarters: 12-15, 34-27, 56-44, 72-72 (reg) 88-87