UNIVERSITY of the East edged San Sebastian College in overtime, 77-72, to capture the Fr. Martin Cup Division II title on Monday at the Trinity University of Asia Gym.
Cameroonian import Charles Mammie had 22 points while Ralph Olivarez chipped in 17 including timely baskets in the extra period to help the Warriors rule the event featuring the second teams or “Team Bs” of different schools.
The Red Warriors, who missed the UAAP postseason, have now won their second title after their conquest of the Asian University Basketball Championships crown held at the same venue earlier this month.
“Credit goes to all the players,” said UE assistant coach Bai Cristobal, who took over the Warriors’ Division II squad while head mentor Boyzie Zamar was with the Warriors’ main team in Taiwan to participate in the Asian University Men’s Championships.
The Red Warriors staved off a big comeback by the Stags, who recovered from a double-digit deficit to force overtime.
Jaymar Perez had a game-high 24 points and scored a tip-in with 17 seconds left in regulation to cap a 6-0 run and send the game into overtime.
But the Red Warriors finished the game with a 10-2 run, with Olivarez tipping home a missed attempt with 16.6 seconds left in overtime for a 75-72 lead. Olivarez hit two free throws after a San Sebastian turnover to clinch the game.
Leo Devera had 18 points for the Stags, who took a 70-67 lead in overtime but failed to keep their momentum after coming back from a 39-49 deficit entering the fourth.
In the high school division final, Hope Christian School beat Chiang Kai Shek, 68-60.