PCU Dolphins break Dragons' hearts on Yves Sazon's game-winning trey

PHILIPPINE Christian University went to Yves Sazon for the game-winning basket to complete a dramatic 81-80 win over erstwhile unbeaten Diliman College-JPA Freight Logistics in the 2017 MBL Open basketball championship at the PNP Sports Center in Camp Crame.

Sazon nailed a long three-point shot under pressure with 3.7 seconds left as the Dolphins rallied from a 15-point deficit entering the payoff period to stun the Blue Dragons and secure their fourth win in five outings in this eight-team tournament sponsored by Smart Sports, Star Bread, Dickies Underwear, Ironcon Builders and Gerry's Grill.

Sazon's heroics came after African import Alex Diakhite completed a three-point play to give Diliman a two-point lead, 80-78, with 11.3 seconds remaining.

Mike Ayonayon finished with 34 points and Fidel Castro added 31 points for the Dolphins. The two combined for 28 points to lead the Dolphins's comeback. 

Overshadowed by PCU's victory was Colegio de San Lorenzo, which outclassed UNTV  Cup champion Philippine National Police, 87-58, for its fifth straight win.

The scores:

First game

CdSL- V Hotel (87) - Formento 15, Chabi Yo 12, Castañares 12, Rosas 10, Callano 9, Paclarin 8, Laman 7, Alvarado 5, Calizo 4, Maravilla 3, Vargas 2, Astero 0.

PNP (58) - Tolentino 14, Sta Cruz 13, Cabrera 10, Omiping 7, Bayabao 7, Nichols 4, Cabahug 2, Saracho 1, Ongutan 0, Gonzales 0

Quarterscores: 22-10, 46-31, 68-51, 87-58.

Second game

PCU (81) - Ayonayon 34, Castro 31, Sazon 8, Mescallado 3, Abrigo 3, Saldua 2, Malto 0, Palattao 0,Vasquez 0, Catipay 0, Sumalacay 0, Bautista 0.

Diliman-JPA (80) - Diakhite 32, Gerero 9, Angeles 9, Onggulo 8,  Toredo 7, Sombrero 5, Chavenia 4, Bauzon 4, Antalan 2, Ligon 0, Cuerquez 0, Salazar 0, Brutas 0, Tay 0

Quarterscores: 14-19, 30-38, 47-62, 81-80

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