EX-pros Rudy Lingganay and JR Cawaling combined for Kama Motors' last eight points in a 76-74 squeaker over Foton recently in the PCBL Founders Cup at the Filoil Flying V Arena.
Lingganay, who played for Powerade, GlobalPort and Kia in the PBA, had back-to-back baskets, including a lay up that put Kama Motors up, 72-71, with still 1:05 left.
Cawaling, a member of the grand slam team San Mig Coffee in 2014 but was acquired by Kia in the dispersal draft, also played a key role in Kama Motors' second win in four matches.
He made up for a technical foul during a verbal altercation with Levi Hernandez. With Kama Motors trailing 72-74, Cawaling buried a triple from deep left to put his team back in the lead with 32 seconds left.
Foton, which went almost exclusively to Mikee Reyes on isolation plays down the stretch, still went to its prized guard acquisition, who missed in his last three trips, including a potential game-tying jumper that happened after Lingganay split his charities at the other end.
Kama Motors' sister team, Caida Tiles, continued its winning ways and kept a hold of the solo lead after outlasting hard-fighting Sta. Lucia, 65-64, in the tournament supported by Spalding, Ambucore, Accel and Aquabest.
The loss wss the second in four games for the Realtors, who dropped into a tie for third with Kama Motors.
Kama Motors 76 – Montuano 22, Lingganay 15, Ludovice 13, Cawaling 6, Cabrera 5, Mercader 4, Ibay 3, Lunor 2, Fajardo 2, Argamino 2, Llera 0, Gil 0.
Foton 74 – Hernandez 20, Rivera 16, Reyes 14, Gomez 9, Habelito 7, Mangahas 4, Rosaroso 2, Bringas 0, Rogado 0, Baloran 0, Mallari 0.
Quarterscores: 20-20; 34-40; 62-57; 76-74.
Caida Tiles 65 – Lozada 10, Corpuz 9, Ruaya 9, Robles 9, Almario 7, Leynes 5, Terso 4, Maiquez 4, Rios 4, Hayes 2, Jamon 2, Gabawan 0, Jamito 0.
Sta. Lucia 64 – Vidal 19, Bautista 12, Onwubere 8, Montilla 7, Escosio 6, Gabriel 5, Ilagan 4, Ablaza 2, Celiz 1, Camasura 0, Wetherell 0, Sarangay 0.
Quarterscores: 17-17; 42-33; 53-49; 65-64.