The Consolacion Sarok Weavers captured the Visayas championship in the Pilipinas Super League 21-Under as they edged the Sherilin-Unisol Mandaue Plastic Men, 81-79, in the winner-take-all Game Three on Tuesday night at the jampacked Cebu City Sports Institute in Sawang Calero.
With the game tied at 79-all, the Sarok Weavers inbounded the ball to point guard Paolo Dalumpines who was immediately trapped at midcourt by the Sherilin defense. The crafty guard, though, squeezed a pass to Rovello Robles, who took advantage of the open lane to drive to the rim and sink a tough layup for an 81-79 lead with six seconds remaining.
On Sherilin’s last offensive, they got the ball to Zylle Cabellon who received a screen and shot the potential game-winning three-pointer. However, the shot was off to the left as the final buzzer sounded, giving Consolacion the heartstopping victory.
Dalumpines led the Sarok Weavers with 18 points, six assists, and five rebounds, while Matt Flores—the Visayas MVP—added 15 points including an open baseline jumper that put Consolacion in front, 79-75, with 59 seconds to go.
Keaton Taburnal also came alive to score 15 markers. Froiland Maglasang chipped in 13 points to help Consolacion capture its second PSL crown in a row.
Zylle Cabellon had 14 points, including four in a row with under a minute to tie the game up at 79-all. The fearless guard first made two free-throws off an unsportsmanlike foul committed by Consolacion’s Dave Paulo. He then sank a layup with 17 ticks left in the match.
Daryl Guerrero added 10 markers before limping out of the game due to an ankle injury.
(Photo from Ronex Tolin)
August 30, 2022
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