Team B edges Team A 81-80 in overtime thriller
by: Clyde Tauli
The first game of the inaugural Lincoln David Nelson Basketball Cup went down to the wire.
After being fouled with :01 on the clock in overtime and his team down 79-80, Israel Johan Damasco went to the line and shot the tying and go-ahead free throws to put Team B up 81-80. After being sensational all game, Joel Go missed the tip in on and inbounds pass from James Lee Salahag giving Team B the narrow victory.
Team B displayed a balanced attack with 6 players scoring in double figures. Ptr. Jose, Jr. “Jun” Sanchez had 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists displaying his all-around game before fouling out in overtime. Judie Sulinay and Ramil Lanza each contributed a double-double with 12 points, 12 assists for Judie and 10 points and 13 rebounds for Ramil. Norben Claro, Joseph Galupo added their scoring punch with 16 and 10 points, respectively and Johan Damasco had 11 points along with his game-winning free throws.
Joel Go was scoring from all over the floor leading Team A with 28 points and James Lee Salahag had a brilliant all-around game finishing with 22 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Ptr. Carmie Pronto had 14 points, 7 rebounds & 5 assists doing most of his scoring in the first half. Jeriel Brent Agne had 6 steals in a fine defensive performance, aside from his 12 point offensive output.
In the end, the men of Team A were left wondering how they let this one slip away.
After leading in the 4th quarter, Team A allowed Team B to close the gap and force overtime with a furious rally in the last two minutes. Then, leading by a point and just a few seconds away from victory, a foul on Johan Damasco decided the outcome leading to Team B celebrating their victory.
Final Score: 81-80
Team B, 81: Sanchez, 18; Claro, 16; Galupo, 12; Sulinay, 12; Damasco 11, Lanza 10; Hiquiana 2.
Team A, 80: Go, 28; Salahag, 22; Pronto, 14; Agne, 12; Malinda, 4.