FIVE-foot-7 guard Lorenzo Fernando Navarro came through with a triple-double performance as San Sebastian College outlasted NCAA five-time defending champion San Beda College in triple overtime, 108-102, in the 2nd Philippine Secondary Schools Basketball Championship (PSSBC) Saturday at the SGS Gym on Araneta Ave. Quezon City
Bucking a poor start, Navarro tallied 32 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists to produce the league’s first triple-double performance and help the Staglets snap San Beda’s 27-game winning run counting its 20-game sweep of the NCAA championship.
He was at his best in the third extra period when he engineered the team’s decisive breakaway with two triples, which proved huge enough to take the fight out of the Arvin Toletinto-less San Beda. He finished with eight in the third overtime to win the Final MVP plum in the tournament in the tournament sponsored by Welcoat Paints, Hapee Toothpaste, Ever Bilena, MEC Computer, Wrangler, Jumbo Plastic Linoleum, Ironcon Builders, Dickies Underwear, Davies Paint and Spray & Seal Tire Sealant and Rain or Shine.
Staglets advanced to the one-game title match by beating Hope Christian High School in the semis. Hope was the same team that beat the Staglets for the title last year.
SSC-R also somehow avenged its defeat to San Beda in the NCAA finals last year, while bagging the top prize of P50,000. League officials led by last year’s chairman Cecilio Pedro also donated P100,000 to the GMA Foundation to help the victims of super typhoon Yolanda.
Hope Christian salvaged some measure of pride when it rallied to beat Mapua, 80-72, and take third place.
Rhanzelle Yong also had a monster game for San Sebastian with 26 points and 21 boards to go with three blocks while Ryan Costelo added 22 markers.
“This is for the players because they refuse to give up, they refuse to lose,” said coach Raymond Valenzona.
“Sinabi ko lang sa kanila na ang kalaban namin ang NCAA champion at mas maganda kung makukuha namin ito para may title rin kami. Kaya masaya ako lalo na dahil walong players ang mawawala sa amin,” he added.
“The triple overtime is a testament to the high level of game in the league,” said Edster Sy, the lead organizer of the tournament.
Without Tolentino, who was serving out his one-game suspension, Joshua Andrei Caracut carried the fight for San Beda with 30 points, including five treys. His back-to-back triples in the final 12.9 seconds capped a 15-5 run to send the game into first overtime at 75-all.
San Beda appeared headed for its 28th win that would highlight its big year when it took a 87-85 lead on Caracut’s triple. But Navarro rose to the occasion, scoring on a nice spin move to send the game into second overtime. The game was extended again for the third time when Caracut hit another triple.