TYLER Tio knocked down two pressure-packed charities in the dying seconds to help power Xavier School to a thrilling 83-81 double overtime win over San Sebastian College in the 2nd Philippine Secondary Schools Basketball Championship last Thursday at the Chiang Kai Shek College gym.
After being held scoreless in the first two quarters, Tio suddenly waxed hot, exploding for 18 points, including the game-changing free throws that enabled the Xavier Stallions to notch their first win in two games in Group A eliminations.
Jarrell Lim also had 18 points and added 13 rebounds and five steals, while Anton Lopez and Chang Gi Hong combined for 24 markers as the Stallions boosted their bid to make it to the crossover quarterfinals in the 11-team tournament sponsored by Dickies Underwear, Hapee Toothpaste, Jumbo Plastic Linoleum, Wrangler, MEC Computer, Ironcon Builders, Ever Bilena and Welcoat Paints.
Reigning NCAA champion San Beda College forged a three-way tie for the lead with defending champion Hope Christian High School and Ateneo in Group B without breaking a sweat after La Salle-Zobel defaulted their game due to lack of players.
“De La Salle Zobel informed us that only five players can play because of academics. But their players will be available for today’s game,” said league Commissioner Ato Badolato.
Meantime, UAAP titlist National University outlasted host Chiang Kai Shek College, 87-80, to likewise forge a tie for the lead with SSC. Both teams have similar 2-1 records while Chiang Kai Shek College dropped to fourth at 1-2.
Protecting a shaky 78-76 lead, UAAP MVP Hubert Cani and Jose Carlos Lapena buried back-to-back triples to defuse CKSC’s threat.
Cani finished with 28 points as he underscored his status as one of the most prolific players in the juniors ranks.
“The players showed composure because we’re used to winning in tight games. We will continue to work hard and see what will happen,” said Bullpups mentor Jeff Napa.