THE University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors escaped a comeback from the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters, 69-67, in an overtime on Tuesday. August 30, at the New Cebu Coliseum in Cebu City.
The Warriors had the lead through out the first three quarters, but things change at the last two minutes of the ball game.
With 1:40 left in the fourth quarter, Justine Dacalos went for the rim, but was fouled, he sinks both free-throws, score 57-56.
With 50 seconds left, the Warriors answered with a lay up by Lucky Ecarma that gave them the lead, score 58-57.
With 37.5 seconds left, the Webmasters responded right away with a swifty lay-up by Justine Dacalos who converted the three-point play, score 60-58.
The Warriors called for a time out that led to a Lucky Ecarma open trey that gave them the lead, score 61-60, with 25 seconds left in the game.
With 16.6 seconds left, Webmasters Captain Garciano Puerto answered back with a fadeaway shot to get the lead, score 62-61.
The Warriors went for Ian Tagapan for the last play who went inside for the lay-up, but he missed. However, Conrad Catapusan was there to get the rebound and for the putback attempt, but he was fouled by Justine Dacalos, who committed his final foul.
Catapusan sank one of the two free throws to tie the game at 62-62 with 3.7 left in the game, and the game went to the overtime.
In the overtime, the Warriors had a six-point lead with 46.5 seconds left in the game, 69-63.
The Webmasters struggled without Justine Dacalos but John Jabello, who sank a long jumper, stepped up, cutting the lead to just four, 69-65, with 39 seconds left in the game.
The Warriors tried to answer back but failed, Jabello then went inside for a lay-up, cutting the lead down to just two, 69-67, with 31.3 seconds left to play.
Giovanni Laguyo attempted a three-pointer but failed, the Webmasters went for the counter attack, but committed a costly turnover after Joven Tagudin stepped over the line with the ball, with 02.7 seconds left in game.
Gileant Delator went for the duty foul, to put Laguyo on the line.
Laguyo missed both free-throws, but the Webmasters ran out of time to take another shot.
The Warriors now have a 3-3 (win-loss) record, while the Webmasters have 2-4.
Kevin Oleodo led the Warriors with 15 points and five rebounds, followed by Ecarma who had 12 points and three rebounds, while Conrad Catapusan with a double-double, 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Puerto was the man for the Webmasters with 16 points, 17 rebounds, two assists, two steals, and two blocks.
Quarter scores: Q1: 17-17, Q2: 38-32, Q3: 47-43 Q4: 69-67.
Earlier, the Sacred Heard School-Ateneo de Cebu moves up to the top spot after winning against the Cebu Eastern College Dragons, Final Score 88-41.
Andrew Velasco led the Magis Eagles with 13 points, followed by Roeland Visser who added 10 points, and Travis Mantua and Justin Javelosa with 9 a piece.
The Dragons, however, tried to keep up with the Magis Eagles, but failed to answered the latter's fanatic shooting, the Magis Eagles converted eleven three-pointers.
James Tempra led the Dragons with 17 points, followed by Kaise Dave Manlapat with 9 points.
The Magis Eagles now have 5-1 (win-loss) record, while the Dragons now have 3-3 (win-loss) record.
Quarter scores: 1Q: 28-11, 2Q: 46-17, 3Q: 68-25 4Q: 88-41.
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