CEBU CITY – The high-leaping Miguel Gastador scored on a difficult alley-oop with 0.4 of a second left to lift the University of San Jose-Recoletos-May Abuhan over the Marinerong Pilipino Skippers, 84-83, in the Cebu City Sinulog Cup Basketball Invitational on Tuesday night at the Cebu Coliseum.
Down a point after the Skippers top pick in the recent draft, Kyle Toth, scored on a leaner off a mad looseball scramble with 1.7 seconds remaining, USJ-R head coach Edito Salacut called for time to map out the game-winning play.
And off the inbound, former Adamson Falcon Mark Abadia lofted the ball to Gastador – the reigning Cesafi slam-dunk champion – in flight and on target for the go-ahead basket.
The Skippers’ tried to counter with their own alley-oop play but it thwarted by Abadia as time expired.
The win gave USJ-R-May Abuhan a victorious debut in this tournament while the Skippers dropped to 1-1.
Former two-time Cesafi MVP Enrico Llanto ran circles around his younger defenders and scored 22 points to go with five rebounds and two steals.
The reigning Cesafi MVP, Jaybie Mantilla, meanwhile, had 20 points, including eight straight late in the second that helped USJ-R rally from a 16-point deficit. Gastador finished with 11.
Billy Robles led the Skippers, which is using this tournament to prepare for their upcoming campaign in the PBA D-League, with 15 points while Toth and Alvin Pasaol each had 10.
Meanwhile in the first game, the Cebu Landmasters-Bogo City turned back the University of the Visayas-SG-ARQ Builders, 86-72, for their second win in as many games.
Similar to their last game, the Landmasters entered the fourth up by double digits but let the Green Lancers catch up behind three straight three-pointers by Tristan Albina, Toto Segumpan and Rey Suerte that pulled UV to within four, 67-71, 3:48 to go.
But the Landmasters shrugged off the uprising and responded with a 15-5 finishing kick to secure the win.
William McAloney and Ferdinand Lusdoc led the Landmasters, which improved to a league-leading 2-0 mark, with 16 points apiece while Cesafy Mythical Five member John Reel Saycon had 10 points, four assists and two steals.
Toto Segumpan paced UV, which remained winless in two outings, with 13 points.