CEBU CITY -- The Cebu Institute of Technology-University Wildcats had the University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars on the ropes but were felled by a referee's late call, 84-85, in the 12th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) men’s basketball tournament at the Cebu Coliseum.
The Jaguars led most of the way until the Wildcats came roaring back behind the efforts of versatile forward Allen Dimco, who tied the score for the last time at 84-all with two free throws.
In a loose ball scramble at the other end, Franklin Batiquin was assessed a controversial foul by referee Ado Balongoy with only 1.4 seconds remaining.
USJ-R wingman Jayson Olbedado missed the first but made the second for the go-ahead point. With no timeouts remaining, Floyd Taboada was forced to heave a prayer that was not answered, leading to CIT-U’s fourth loss in five games.
CIT-U head coach Gilbert Demape later charged Balongoy and all hell nearly broke loose with debris being thrown on the floor. Before further damage could be done, Demape was restrained by the players and team officials to calm the situation down.
USJ-R led, 40-27, at halftime but the Wildcats stormed right back to take the lead at 50-49. It still held an 82-81 lead with 22.8 seconds remaining but USJ-R guard, Banjo Capilar, gave the lead back to his team with a booming three-pointer.
Abulaiz Suliman led the way for USJ-R with 21 points while Miguel Tabaloc added 17. Capilar finished with14 while Olbedado got 12 points. Dimco paced CIT-U with 25 markers.