BRYAN Santos and John Enriquez hit clutch baskets as Technological Institute of the Philippines outlasted Colegio De San Lorenzo, 76-72, on Monday in the 1st Universities and Colleges Basketball League at Olivarez Sports Center in Paranaque City.
Santos hit back-to-back baskets as the Engineers regained the lead, 69-66, and the momentum to notch their third win in four starts.
But the win hardly pleased TIP coach Potit de Vera, saying his boys played inconsistently on the offensive end and their defense was spotty.
The Engineers built a 13-point lead, 49-37, at the half but saw it wiped out in the fourth.
“We have a bad game today. My players were not playing according to their true worth. Although, CDSL is also a good team, no doubt about it. But if we played according to our plan, I think, the score would not be that close,” said De Vera.
The loss pulled the Griffins down to sixth place at 1-3 and put the 33-point performance of Jonjon Gabriel to waste.
Gabriel led CDSL’s comeback in the fourth that saw them grab a 66-65 lead. He finished with a double-double with 21 rebounds aside from posting five assists.
Harley Diego topscored for the Engineers with 16 points apart from registering 10 rebounds and two assists, while John Enriquez and Santos posted 15 and 14 points, respectively.
TIP 76 – Diego 16, Enriquez 15, Santos B. 14, Jimenez 7, Napoles 6, Alcober 5, Akpuru 4, Matignas 4, Santos I. 3, Pinas 2, Okoronkwo 0.
San Lorenzo 72 – Gabriel 33, Carongoy 12, Callano 12, Vargas 6, Alvarado 4, Formento 3, Borja 2, Astero 0, Ajero 0, Salizo 0.
Quarterscores: 20-16; 40-27; 61-52; 76-72.