COLEGIO de San Lorenzo-V Hotel proved steadier in the endgame to subdue Diliman College-JPA Freight Logistics, 62-55, and move within a win of completing a seven-game sweep in the 2017 MBL Open basketball championship at the PNP Sports Center in Camp Crame
Soulemane Chabi Yo and Dominic Formento showed the way as the Griffins assured themselves of at least a tie for one of two outright semis berth.
Chabi Yo, a 6-foot-6 forward from Benin in West Africa, scored 10 of his game-high 21 points in the payoff period.
Formento added 14 points, including two huge triples in the fourth period.
Diliman import Alex Diakhite matched Chabi Yo's strong showing with 19 points despite early foul trouble.
Diakhite scored nine in the second period.
In the first game, Philippine National Police rallied from a 19-point deficit to stun Wang's Ballclub, 75-72, and barge into the win column after five losses.
Ricardo Cabrera scored 13 of his team-high 18 points during the Responders' comeback that saw them erase a 42-61 third quarter deficit.
Julius Criste added 17 points, including three straight triples, as PNP outscored Wang's, 33-11, in the fourth quarter to turn the game around.
Rolando Abaya, Japeth Cabahug, Abul Khair Bayabao and Harold Sta. Cruz also stepped up for the Responders, who kept their slim hopes of advancing to the next round alive.
The loss ended Wang's chances for an outright semis berth in the tournament backed by Smart Sports, Star Bread, Dickies Underwear, Gerry's Grill and Ironcon Builders
PNP 75 — Cabrera 18, Criste 17, Abaya 9, Cabahug 8, Bayabao 7, Sta. Cruz 6, Alejandro 4, Nicolas 3, Gonzales 2, Onguran 1.
Wang's-AsiaTech 72 — Thomas 17, Importante 11, Sorela 8, King 6, Ambulodto 6, Montemayor 6, Arambulo 4, Riley 4, Habelito 4, De Chavez 3, Asuncion 3.
Quarterscores: 19-27; 30-42; 42-61; 75-72.
CdSL-V Hotel 62 — Chabi Yo 21, Formento 14, Baldevia 9, Rosas 8, Laman 4, Gabriel 2, Alvarado 2, Castanares 2, Vargas 0, De la Cruz 0.
Diliman-JPA 55 — Diakhite 19, Torrado 8, Gerero 7, Angeles 5, Antalan 5, Regencia 4, Brutas 3, Chavenia 2, Salazar 2, Tay 0.
Quarterscores: 12-8; 27-27; 40-37; 62-55.