La Consolacion College of Manila wielded the upset ax in the on-going 25th Fr. Martin’s Cup presented by Resorts World Manila, Bedans 62-66, and Cocolife, by squeaking past National University, 71-67, at the San Beda Gym on Saturday.
Buoyed by their torrid outside shooting and pressure defense in the second half, LCCM recovered from a slow first half to turn back National University.
The trio of TJ Carino, Thurlough Grealy, and Julian Calanay sparked a 15-7 blast to tie the game in the penultimate quarter, 60-all with 4:20 left. But Adama Faye’s back-to-back dunks brought back the lead for the Bulldogs.
NU didn’t convert down the stretch and Wesley Martin and Gab Latoreno scored crucial fast break layups to finally get past their Sampaloc-based counterparts.
Gab Latoreno poured in 14 points, while Thurlough Grealy and Julian Calanay scored 13 and 12 respectively for La Consolacion, who got their first win in the Seniors B Division.
Adama Faye and Joshua Flores scored 16 and 11 for NU, who fell to 1-2 in the win-loss column.
Taki Tacatac hit a booming triple in the dying seconds to lift UST past a feisty NU side, 71-70, to get their second straight victory in the Women’s Division.
The game changing trey came after Je-ann Camelo made a three on her own to give the lead momentarily to the Lady Bulldogs with 12 seconds left. After a defensive stop, Tacatac received a pass to the right corner in transition and sank the dagger to ice the game for the Tigresses.
It was a fitting end to a scintillating back-and-forth which saw the Lady Bulldogs lead by one point with one minute left. Elonda Rivera converted a midrange pullup only to be answered right away with a Kaye Pingol breakaway layup.
In the end, the Espana-based team leaned on to their efficient outside shooting, especially with them making six three-pointers in the payoff period.
Elonda Rivera poured in 16 points while Grace Irebu and Taki Tacatac notched 15 and 14 for the UST Tigresses.
Rhena Itesi and Kaye Pingol chipped in 14 and 13 for the NU Lady Bulldogs, who are yet to get their first win in the tourney.
Letran Knights withstood Mike Ordonez’s scoring outburst as they eked out an 80-78 win against the PCU Dolphins. It was their second win of the tournament.
With the game still up for grabs, it was Andre Guarino’s personal 5-0 run and Kobe Monje’s trey that shattered the deadlock for the Knights.
Down by two points with less than 20 seconds, PCU’s Christian Okoronkwo was fouled but he botched his free throws, sealing the game for good for Letran.
Kenny Rocacurba continued his brilliant display on offense, scoring 22 points with 17 of them in the final canto. Kobe Monje also tallied 12 points for Letran.
Mike Ordonez put in another strong scoring performance with 37 markers while Christian Caldozo chipped in 13, but it was all to naught as they slid down to 0-2 in the Seniors B Division standings.
In a battle of two undefeated teams in the Seniors B Division, Diliman College remained unblemished at the expense of Arellano University, 80-79, by averting a late-game collapse after being held scoreless for the last minute.
After being down by as much as double digits in the first half, the Blue Dragons relied on their pressure defense and outside shooting, getting the lead after the third quarter, 60-52.
Their momentum continued in the fourth quarter when sharpshooters Joseph Brutas and Mac Enriquez knocked down threes, giving them their highest lead of the ballgame with 18.
But the Chiefs didn’t give up, as Justin Arana and Gelo Sablan combined to score 22 out of the team’s 30 fourth quarter points, to cut the deficit to a solitary point with less than 30 seconds left.
After two charities made by Robbie Darang, the Legarda-based squad could only muster a layup in the ensuing possession due to the stymieing perimeter defense by the Blue Dragons.
Joseph Brutas led Diliman College with 17 markers, with 15 of them from three-point territory. He was backstopped by John Mahari who tallied 12.
Jon Valin topscored for Arellano with 17 markers, while Gelo Sablan churned out 13.
San Beda took advantage of the undermanned AMA University, 86-79, to get their fourth straight win in the Seniors A Division.
Despite having only seven players, Luke Parcero paced AMA to a double-digit lead coming into the final quarter by scoring 12 points in the third period.
The Red Lions leaned on the backcourt duo of Ralph Penuela and Ain Obenza, who ignited a 14-2 run to seize the lead with less than four minutes left.
From there, San Beda never looked back as they held AMA scoreless in the last two minutes.
Ain Obenza scored 26 points and Sean Garcia scored 14 for the Red Lions. Despite being scoreless in the first half, Ralph Penuela ended up with nine markers.
Luke Percero exploded for 31 points and JR Dela Rosa poured in 22 for AMA, who have lost two straight contests.