Thursday, September 8, 2011

Junior Olympians overcome Hawklets

Macky Delorino orchestrating the offense

Erven SIlverie let loose a buzzer beating three pointer with no time left to lift the STI College Junior Olympians to a 103 – 102 win in overtime over the previously unbeaten and league leading University of Manila Hawklets at the resumption of the second round of the 11th National Athletic Association of Schools Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) Juniors basketball tournament. The Hawklets were on their way to their ninth consecutive win when Junior Olympian Macky Delorino missed the front end of his free throws. The Junior Olympians then fouled Hawklet Yves Nicolas who was about to put the game beyond recall with two free throws with 5.6 seconds left on the clock. Unfortunately Nicolas missed his second free throw and Delorino grabbed the rebound and rifled a pass to Silverie who was waiting at their front court. Silverie had a hand in his face when he took the shot and lucky for him the three point bank shot went in as time expired.

Ar-jay Napeñas scores on the drive

Bullstrong forward Arjay Napeñas was another source of strength for the Junior Olympians as he opened the third quarter with five consecutive points to give the Taguig based Junior Olympians their biggest lead 51 – 40 with still 9 minutes left in the third quarter. The Hawklets eventually countered by forcing the Junior Olympians to missed shots and turnovers which they translated to fastbreak points as the transition defense of the Junior Olympians were slow to recover. In a wink of an eye the score was tied at 63 –all that prompted Junior Olympian Vincent Amparo to score on a three pointer to end the quarter with STI on top by three 66 – 63.

Mr. Buzzer Beater Erven Silverie

The Hawklets controlled the start of the fourth quarter and raced to a 76 -70 led through the low post scoring of John Reyes and the jumpshots of Rodolfo Marticio. Jim Lontoc would counter with a three pointer and then the score was tied again. The Junior Olympians forced the Hawklets to miss their shots once again that enabled them to get an 88 – 80 with two minutes and fifty seconds left. The Hawklets sued for time and came back with a paralyzing 8 – 0 run to end the quarter and send the game into overtime as John Pariñas missed on his potential game winning jumper.

Jim Lontoc had a career high 28 points

The Hawklets controlled the overtime and were once again about to blow out the Junior Olympians but Jim Lontoc came to the rescue with his timely hits as he scored 7 overtime points which was more than enough since big man Ar-jay Napeñas fouled out with more than four minutes left in overtime. The Junior Olympians improved to 4 -5 and with a morale boosting win like that they are pumped up to get into action and seek revenge against their first round tormentors.

Eric Sanchez slices up the middle
The scores:
STI 103
Lontoc 28, Napenas 20, Silverie 16, Parinas 11, Ngolong 11, Delo Rino 6, Sanchez 6, Amparo 5, Justiniani 0, Abuy 0, Baquiran 0,

UM 102
Oka 22, Marticio 21, Santos 20, Mallari 13, Nicolas 11, Abejar 6, De Guzman 4, Baylen 3, Lugo 2, Mendioro 0, Rivera 0,

Quarterscores 17-14, 46-40, 66-63, 88-88 OT 103-102.

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