COLLEGE of St. Benilde rocked the opening of the 2nd Dickies-FCBL (Filipino-Chinese Basketball League) Women’s Cup by hacking out a 74-73 overtime win over defending champion Far Eastern University at the Philippine Buddhacare Academy gym in Quezon City.
The Lady Blazers bombarded the Lady Tamaraws with 11 triples, including four by Ailien Bernadez, although it was Tin Madrid’s lone charity in the dying seconds that helped them beat the back-to-back UAAP champions.
Exploiting the departure of back-to-back MVP winner Allana Lim, Soc Borja, and Karen Columna who have all graduated, the Lady Blazers dictated the tempo and led by as many as 16 points early in the third quarter.
The Lady Tamaraws, however, rallied and for a while appeared headed for a big comeback when they led, 73-70, with 11 seconds remaining.
But CSB’s Jennifer Imayol buried a surprise three-point shot to tie the game again with barely three seconds remaining.
Madrid then made the game’s biggest play when she intercepted an inbound pass by FEU. She split her charities to seal the deal in the event presented by Dickies and backed by Smart Telecom, Powerhouse, CW Home Depot, Jumbo Plastic Linoleum, and Hapee Toothpaste.
Madrid went on to finish with 13 markers on top of seven boards, four steals and an assist to emerge as the Dickies Player of the Game.
Also getting off to a fine start was former UAAP champion Adamson which outlasted Centro Escolar Universty, 87-77, thanks to the 21-point performance of Mary Penaranda.