MANUEL L. Quezon University stayed in contention for a semifinal seat after escaping with a 78-77 squeaker over the Philippine Nautical Training College in the 12th Universities and Colleges Athletic Association (UCAA) men’s basketball tournament Monday at the Rizal Technological University gymnasium in Mandaluyong.
Leo Tamayo’s three-point play and Jun Bautista’s charity in the closing seconds carried the Stallions to their third triumph in six outings in this cagefest supported by Mikasa and Molten Balls.
Veteran cager Johnny Jasmin fired 16 points for the defending champion Olivarez College Sea Lions as they stopped the National College of Business and Arts Wildcats, 93-84 in another game.
Jasmin came through with 10 points in the decisive fourth period, helping propel the Sea Lions to a six-game sweep of the elimination round as they formally clinched the first semifinals slot.
The RTU Blue Thunder, on account of their second-running 4-2 slate, got the second slot.
Ardy Dizon’s layup in the final seconds of the third allowed the Sea Lions to grab a 68-62 lead going into the fourth.
Eldridge Corpus’ twinner and split charity in the last 37 seconds later sealed the win for the Sea Lions.
Action in the wildcard phase begins Wednesday.