Von Tambeling etches his name in Marikina hoops lore with a daring game-winning basket at home.

Bob Guerrero on Nov 22, 2019 09:31 AM
MPBL: Marikina gets rare win with Tambeling buzzer-beater
"Nagtiwala lang kami sa isa't isa. At nag focus lang para manalo sa game na ito." - Von Tambeling

The hard-luck Marikina Shoemasters nicked Bacolod Master Sardines 67-66 in dramatic fashion in the Maharlika Pilipinas basketball League Lakan Season on Thursday with a game-winning lay-up from Von Tambeling.

The win delighted Marikina's home crowd at the Marist School Gym and brings Shoe City to 4-17, a half-game away from second-to-last-place Rizal.

The finish was unforgettable. After a pair of free throw misses from Bacolod's Ben Adamos, Tambeling gathered the rebound and had 10 seconds to salvage the game, with his team down 66-65. The former Letran and PCU guard seemed to take an age to bring the ball downcourt. Then with mere seconds left he barreled through the left flank, blowing past a hesitant Bacolod defense, and laying in off the glass with his left hand just before zeroes flashed on the clock.

"Nagtiwala lang kami sa isa't isa. At nag focus lang para manalo sa game na ito," said Tambeling after the game. He finished with a team-high 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals.

The Shoemasters showed their intent early, finishing the first quarter with an 11-2 run sparked by a Tambeling triple to lead 23-9. In the second quarter Marikina led by as much as 20, with Shoe City eventually up 43-29 at the half.

But the third quarter belonged to Bacolod, with Paolo Javelona spearheading a 13-2 run that squared the game at 47-47 with 2 minutes left in the quarter. But the period did end with the Mariquenos reestablishing their lead, 54-48.

The fourth quarter was back-and fourth, with Alfred Gayosa tying the game with a stunning banked three-pointer with three minutes left. The final minutes were tense, with Daryl Pascual flubbing twice from the line and Adamos matching the feat, which set up Tambeling's heroic finish.

Javelona topscored for the Negrenses with 17 points while Mikee Reyes chipped in 12. Bacolod's slim playoff hopes dim even further as they fall to 6-15, 12th place in the South.

In the first installment of the night's doubleheader Richard Escoto provided the clutch baskets as the Iloilo United Royals shut down a pesky Imus Bandera Khaleb Shawarma team 73-69 in overtime.

Escoto picked up 22 points and 9 rebounds as the Royals extend their win streak to four. Also delivering the goods for Iloilo was Rey Publico, who served up a double-double, 11 points and 12 boards.

Iloilo Coach Eric Gonzales wins despite seeing his charges shoot a horrid 28 percent (26/91) from the field.

It was a remarkably close game all throughout until Khaleb Shawarma's Justin Arana and JayJay Helterbrand combined for a 6-0 Imus run for a 64-57 lead with four minutes left. Iloilo responded with a 7-0 surge including a triple from Escoto to tie the game at 64. Both sides had numerous attempts to win the game but fired blanks, forcing OT.

The Ilonggos displayed more composure in the extension, with Escoto nailing another three-ball. The Cavitenos scored just one field goal and missed four free throws in overtime. Imus failed to make new coach Raymond Valenzona a winner on his debut and loses for a fifth straight game. Arana led Imus with 17 points.

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