EMILIO Aguinaldo College-Cavite leaned on a follow-up shot by Jun Bautista to upset defending champion Olivarez College, 78-76, Wednesday at the EAC Sports and Cultural Center in Paco, Manila.
Bautista found his mark in the last 18 seconds, paving the way for the Vanguards’ only second win in nine games in the 21st National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) basketball tournament.
Meanwhile, Justine Puno came off with a steal and a drive with 4.1 seconds to go, sending Philippine School of Business Administration to an 80-77 win over La Salle-Dasmarinas.
Aries Dionisio made 25 points for the Jaguars and Puno had 19.
A drive by Sea Lions' Mark Guillen with 49.6 seconds to go tied the count at 76-all.
Making 11 points throughout the game, Bautista found a chance to shatter the deadlock right after three other teammates missed their attempts in succession.
The Sea Lions, who are still in third spot after absorbing their third loss in nine games, had chances to win it.
But Franklin Mancio’s triple was not counted as time expired, allowing the Vanguards to escape with the win.
“First time naming nanalo sa kanila. Maganda ang nilaro ng mga bata. Nagtulung-tulong lahat sa depensa,” said Vanguards assistant coach Mark Montes on behalf of mentor Ariel Sison.
William McAloney struck for 16 points for the Vanguards, Patrick Bernal had 14, and Jestoni Bacla-an added 11.
In women’s action, Karlois Duazo poured in 20 points for Rizal Technological University in an 86-19 rout of Philippine Merchant Marine School for its fourth win in five games.
The other match had Marjorie Borres scoring the winning shot in the last 40 seconds to carry EAC-Cavite past St. Clare, 53-51.
EAC-Cavite improved to 3-2.