FOURTH-RANKED Las Piñas pulled off a come-from-behind 67-66 stunner over top seed Makati behind Jericho Reyes to force a do-or-die semifinal game in the South Division of the Metro League Boys 17-&-under Basketball tournament at the Bacoor Strike Gym in Cavite.
Reyes fired a game-high 29 points, including the game-winning free throw, to help Las Piñas force a rubber match in the South Division of the tournament backed by the MMDA and the PBA with Barangay 143 as league presentor.
Reyes also dished out eight assists and hauled down four rebounds in 39 minutes of play in a game where his team trailed by as much as 15 in the third period.
Meanwhile, No. 2 seed Bacoor City Agimat clinched the first Division Finals berth after winning by default against third-seeded Pasay also in the South Division of this tourney for 17-year olds and under basketball aspirants which has major sponsors in Synergy 88, World Balance, Excellent Noodles and San Miguel Corporation.
Staring at a 48-33 deficit with 4:14 left in the third canto and 55-44 entering the fourth quarter, Reyes joined forces with Kayecer Petilla and Jericho Montero to tie the game at 66-all with 1:33 left.
Reyes then sank the dagger free throw with 36 seconds remaining before making a crucial steal to seal the thrilling win.
Las Piñas 67 – Reyes 29, Valencia D. 10, Montero 8, Panganiban 8, Petilla 8, Garcia 4, Cayabyab 0, Fontanilla 0, Ladra 0, Lampano 0, Valencia N. 0
Makati 66 – Mateto 17, Quijano 14, Isidro 11, Celis R. 9, Natividad 8, Parane 4, Raz 3, Atilon 0, Celis L. 0, Velasco 0.
Quarterscores: 17-20, 33-37, 44-55, 67-66