Mike Ayonayon clutch in OT as Marinerong Pilipino beats hosts in Sinulog Cup finals
The Marinerong Pilipino Skippers receive the Sinulog Cup championship trophy. Ron Tolin

CEBU CITY – Mike Ayonayon scored 12 straight points in overtime to lead Marinerong Pilipino to a thrilling 89-80 win over the Cebu Landmasters-Bogo City in the finals of the Cebu City Sinulog Cup Basketball Invitational on Saturday night at the Cebu Coliseum.

The athletic guard scored half of his 32 points in the first half to set the tone for the win. He added eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and a blocked shot and was named MVP of the pocket tournament held as part of the celebration of the annual Sinulog Festival.

As impressive as the Philippine Christian University hotshot was in the first half, he was even better down the stretch, swishing consecutive three-pointers to put the Skippers up, 82-79, halfway through the extra session.

After Prince Orizu pulled the Landmasters to within a point by splitting his free throws, Ayonayon sank a pull-up jumper and broke loose for back-to-back layups in transition to give the visiting PBA D-League squad an 88-80 lead with only 37.6 seconds left.

University of Santo Tomas guard Renzo Subido added 15 points, including a fadeaway jumper at the onset of overtime that sparked the game-winning 15-2 run for the Skippers.

Also scoring in double figures for Marinerong Pilipino were Billy Robles and Philip Paredes with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Ayonayon was also named to the Mythical Five along with the University of Cebu’s Justine Dacalos and Frederick Elombe, Robles and the Landmasters’ Ferdinand Lusdoc.

Elombe was named the tournament’s Best Import.

The Landmasters uncorked 11 straight points at the start of the fourth to lead by six, 62-56. But the Skippers kept their composure and regained the lead, 71-69, after a deuce by Paredes off a great cut down the middle of the lane.

The Landmasters, who finished the eliminations unbeaten, answered right back with a three-pointer from former PBA wingman Jojo Tangkay but Banal knotted the count at 72-all with a free-throw, 1:15 to go.

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Subido shoved the Skippers in front with two from the charity stripe but Lusdoc swished two of his own to tie it all up at 74-all with just 8.7 ticks left.

The Skippers had a clear shot at winning the game in regulation but Banal missed a wide-open triple as time expired.

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