BRIAN Ilad hit a game-winning undergoal stab to lift Cebuana Lhuillier over Café France, 77-76, on Monday in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the JCSGO Gym.
Ilad only scored five points but his reverse lay-up with 1.6 seconds left on the clock was the biggest of the game, giving the Gems their fourth win in five outings.
The Gems took second spot over idle Jumbo Plastic Linoleum.
Cebuana Lhuillier used an 11-0 run capped by an Alvin Padilla three-point play at the 5:23 mark to turn a 53-61 deficit into a 64-61 lead.
Mon Abundo hit a short jumper with 24.9 seconds left to give Café France a 76-75 advantage. But the Gems were still able to recover from Marcy Arellano’s missed free throws with 9.6 seconds left in the game by grabbing the offensive rebound that led to Ilad’s game-winner.
It would have been a much more comfortable win for Cebuana Lhuillier, but the Gems missed 22 shots from the stripe, making just 18 of 40 attempts.
“A win is a win,” said Lhuillier assistant coach Bai Cristobal. “The whole story is we missed a lot of foul shots. We started very flat. But they really wanted to win.”
“Before the game, sinabi ko na remember all those small things. Nag-iistruggle kasi kami doon,” said Cristobal.
Bam Gamalinda topscored for the Gems with 23 points, while Paul Zamar added 10 for the Gems.
The Bakers wasted a 41-31 advantage at halftime to drop to a 2-3 win-loss mark.
Cebuana Lhuillier (77) – Gamalinda 23, Zamar 10, Padilla 8, Acibar 7, Arellano 6, Martinez 5, Ilad 5, Noble 4, Leynes 3, Banal 2, Sarangay 2, Paredes 1, Banal 1, Mangahas 0.
Café France (76) – Ebondo 17, Abundo 15, Acidre 14, Cortes 9, Montilla 8, Batino 7, De Leon 3, Sedurifa 3, Jeruta 0, Gallardo 0, Mutombo 0.
Quarterscores: 11-18; 31-41; 52-58; 77-76.