ALL alone on the break, Kyle Pascual drove to the basket and appeared headed for a two-handed slam.
Instead, the San Beda slotman missed a half-baked layup, put back his own miss, before getting mobbed by his smiling teammates when Mapua called a timeout.
“I was planning to dunk the ball, but the ball got slippery,” Pascual said with a smile in a short chat with Spin.ph after the Red Lions’ 80-68 victory over the Cardinals in the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup on Saturday at The Arena in San Juan.
Pascual and the Lions definitely can afford to brush off the light moment as the reigning NCAA champions were in cruise control during the match to remain unbeaten after five starts and claim a share of the top spot in Group B with Far Eastern University.
The Cardinals, on the other hand, stayed on the opposite end of their group after absorbing a fourth successive setback.
Ola Adeogun continued to impose his presence in the paint, tallying 23 points and 12 boards, while Art dela Cruz and Baser Amer delivered as usual for the Lions, who also drew an active showing from Anthony Semerad, who is trying to fill in the shoes of former skipper Rome dela Rosa.
The view from the top, however, hardly satisfied Lions coach Boyet Fernandez, who rued his team’s late turnovers that allowed the Cardinals to mount a late comeback.
In all, the Lions committed 17 errors, one more than Mapua.
“We have to check that,” Fernandez said. “We had so many turnovers.”
Josan Nimes scattered a Mapua-high 19 points, including six in the final two minutes where the Cardinals cut a 24-point deficit to half.
SBC (80) – Adeogun 23, Dela Cruz 14, Amer 11, A. Semerad 11, Pascual 8, Koga 4, Mocon 4, Ludovice 2, Solera 2, Abarcar 1, Tongco 0, Mendoza 0, D. Semerad 0, Cabanag 0
MIT (68) – Nimes 19, Eriobu 18, Estrella 11, Cantos 8, Saitanan 6, Gabo 4, Gonzales 2, Canaynay 0, Biteng 0, Manarin 0, Layug 0
Quarterscores: 23-11, 41-27, 59-45, 80-68