Pontejos stars in JRU twin OT win, AU files protest
Mark Escarlote on Aug 27, 2015 05:32 PM
Paolo Pontejos of Jose Rizal University dropped 32 points in the Heavy Bombers' 114-112 double overtime win against Arellano University.
Paolo Pontejos poured a career-high 32 points but unheralded Gio Lasquety played the hero’s role by calmly sinking two pressure-packed free throws in the last 1.4 seconds in Jose Rizal University’s 114-112 double overtime win against the Arellano University Chiefs Thursday in the 91st NCAA Seniors basketball competition at The Arena in San Juan.
The graduating veteran Pontejos scored 20 markers in the fourth quarter and twin extensions and spiked his performance with eight assists, four rebounds and two steals for the Heavy Bombers, which tied their victim with 6-4 win-loss records at fourth to fifth spot.
Arellano put the game under protest on grounds of technicality in the last play that gave Lasquety a trip to the line.
“It’s a big win for us going to our game against San Beda,” said JRU coach Vergel Meneses.
The mentor praised Pontejos in his long awaited explosion.
“Kumbaga ito yung inaantay kong game sa kanya. Pumutok siya talaga. He was consistent sa Fr. Martin at saka sa FilOil so ito yung inaantay naming game sa kanya,” said Meneses. “Siguro ito yung time na ma-define niya ang role niya (sa team).”
Cameroonian import Abdoul Poutouchi posted a double-double with 21 points and 17 rebounds coupled with four assists and a steal while Teytey Teodoro had 16 markers including the Bombers' last basket that forced Arellano to foul in the waning seconds of the game.
Cris Dela Paz finished with 10 points and 12 boards while Kristian Astillas got 10 markers for the Kalentong-based squad.
Lasquety highlighted the Bombers’ escape by canning his charities off an intentional foul from Jiovani Jalalon, who was then having a monster game with 36 points, 16 assists and seven rebounds before committing his last foul.
JRU went up 112-109 with only 12.9 ticks when the referee raised three fingers to call a trey on Teytey Teodoro’s shot over the outstretched arm of Zach Nicholls. Jalalon answered with a triple in the last six seconds to close the gap, 113-112, before tagging Lasquety to stop the clock.
After a long review, officials cancelled the three-pointer of Teodoro as the JRU guard stepped on the arc in his attempt, knotting the game at 112 with only 1.4 seconds remaining in the second overtime and Lasquety trooping to the line.
Jalalon and the Chiefs were dejected with the controversial call that forced Arellano to foul instead of playing clean defense with little time remaining that could’ve forced another extension.
American Dioncee Holts had 21 points, Nicholls finished with 20 while Allen Enriquez had 10 for Arellano.
Chiefs forward Nichole Bangga signed the official score sheet to signify that the game was put under protest.
JRU (114) -- Pontejos 32, Poutouochi 21, Teodoro 16, Astilla 10, Dela Paz 10, Cruz 9, Lasquety 8, Dela Virgen 3, Sanchez 2, Grospe 2, AbdulWahab 1, Estrella 0.
Arellano (112) -- Jalalon 36, Holts 21, Nicholls 20, Enriquez 10, Bangga 9, Cadavis 6, Meca 5, Salado 3, Ortega 2, Capara 0, Gumaru 0.
Quarters: 19-21, 40-35, 66-63, 87-87, 98-98, 114-112.
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