SSC-R Golden Stags 75 – EAC Generals 73
With top scorer Michael Calisaan out of the game due to ejection, Enzo Navarro stepped up in the clutch. The point guard scored all five of his points in the final minute to give his team the win.
With less than a minute left in the game, JM Calma drove deep into the lane. He got all the way to the baseline when he kicked the ball out to a waiting Navarro in the right corner for the open three-pointer. That shot gave Baste a 72-67 lead. The Generals scored to cut the lead down to two, 72-70. Navarro answered again. He hit a side-stepping lay-up to give the Stags more breathing room with a four-point lead.
The Generals would have one final chance to tie the game when the cut the lead down to just two points, 75-73. Unfortunately Jerome Garcia’s shot rimmed out as time expired.
LPU Pirates 75 – CSJL Knights 68
Mike Nsseuzeu dominated Letran’s thin frontline in the fourth quarter to help Lyceum win their eighth straight game.
The Pirates used a 10-3 run to erase a 59-53 that the Knights held heading into the Final period. Lyceum, behind their big man’s powerful game dominated Letran 22-9 in yhe fourth quarter. He scored eight points, grabbed 10 boards and blocked two shots all in the final period.
Nsseuzeu was everywhere in the fourth quarter. The Pirates consistently fed their big man the ball inside knowing fully that the Knights were missing Jeo Ambohot. Nsseuzeu finished with 13 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks. Cjay Perez led Lyceum with 14 points. His dagger three-pointer at the 3:31 mark gave the Pirates the cushion they needed to pull out the win.
JRU Heavy Bombers 81 – CSB Blazers 53
The JRU Heavy Bombers once again flashed their dominance, this time against the CSB Blazers. JRU destroyed CSB and ran away with their fourth win of the first round.
The Heavy Bombers exploded for a 21-7 second quarter to pull away from the Blazers for good. They once again relied on a balanced scoring attack in their game-changing run. The got double-digit scoring games from four players, led by Ervin Gorospe’s 14 points. As a team the scored efficiently, hitting 46% of their shots and assisted on 22 of their 29 made field goals.
JRU was also dominant on the defensive end. They limited CSB to a measly 25% shooting and forced them to commit 29 turnovers. The Heavy Bombers led by as much as 31 points and kept the lead the rest of the way.