DASMARINAS, Cavite - The De La Salle University-Dasmarinas Patriots banked on their free-throw shooting in the endgame as they survived the PATTS College of Aeronautics Sea Horses in triple overtime, 114-111, Monday at the Ugnayang La Salle gymnasium.
The Patriots sank six of eight charities in the final minute to clinch their third win in five outings in a fight marred game of the 20th National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) men’s basketball tournament.
Jeff Acain led La Salle with 33 points before being thrown out with two other players in the closing minute of the second overtime period after being involved in a bench-clearing incident in this cagefest supported by Mikasa and Molten Balls.
Without Acain, the Patriots turned to a split free throw by Harold Vinluan to tie the game for the last time at 109-all.
The Patriots stayed on top for good, 112-109, on another split by Castro and two more free throws from Vinluan in the final 72 seconds.
Dennis Limin drove in to cut the deficit to 112-111, before Carlos Tabaquero sealed it for the Patriots by sinking two from the foul line with 3.9 seconds remaining.
“Maganda rin ang inilaro ng kalaban. In the end, sa depensa na kami umasa,” said Macky Torres, coach of the Patriots, who stayed in contention for one of five seats at stake in the wildcard semifinal round.
The Olivarez College Sea Lions (2-1), with Richard Singh and Marvin Bustos firing 15 points each, earlier won over the Philippine School of Business Administration Jaguars, 114-55.
Jan Reyes made 18 points for the Patriots, while Lloyd Puno and Vinluan contributed 14 apiece.
Joey Sellado powered the Sea Horses with 27 points.
Sellado’s triple at the start of the fourth period triggered a 7-0 run that allowed the Sea Horses to tie the count at 72-all from a 58-65 deficit.
Acain’s trey with three ticks to go sent the match into a first overtime, 82-all. It was Acain once more who was responsible for the second extra period after his split from the charity line with 14.7 seconds left knotted the count at 94-all.
Acain was ejected along with teammate Von Sablan and PATTS' Paul Fajardo after they came to blows during a loose-ball scramble in the last 47.6 seconds of the second extension period.
The Sea Horses forced the third overtime with Samuel Montemayor’s perimeter shot at the buzzer.