Monday, 18 April 2011

Parks keys Bulldogs' second win

Posted by chardyboy on Monday, April 18, 2011 0 comments

source: By Olmin Leyba, The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - New recruits Bobby Ray Parks and Robby Celiz fired back-to-back treys in the last 45 seconds to power National U to an 83-80 shocker over San Beda College yesterday in the Filoil Flying V Hanes Pre-Season Premier Cup at the Arena.

Parks knocked down 20 points along with eight rebounds and four assists as the Bulldogs gained a second straight win and the Group A leadership.

University of Santo Tomas outlasted defending champion San Sebastian College in double overtime, 104-102, to improve to 2-1 behind NU in Group A.

Far Eastern University drubbed Adamson, 66-61, to kick off its bid in Group B.

JR Cawaling pulled down a defensive rebound then sank his freebies with 12.7 seconds left as the Tams salvaged the win after squandering a 10-point lead in the fourth period.

“Our game plan was to keep the game close. We know how strong San Beda is so we don’t expect to win in the first half. We really tried to control the tempo, tried to get good shoots and fortunately, our shots went in, especially when it mattered,” said NU coach Eric Altamirano.

Parks canned in his lone trey of the game to knot the count at 80 before they put the clamps on SBC’s next offensive, leading to a triple from the corner by Celiz, an ex-Rizal Technological U gunner, for an 83-80 bulge, 5.4 seconds left.

Celiz and company swarmed the Lions’ shooters in the next play to seal the win for the team that blew a 10-point fourth-quarter lead and even faced a three-point deficit before Parks’ long connection.
SBC, which again played without Sudan Daniel, absorbed its second loss in three matches.
Jeric Fortuna and Clark Bautista shot crucial triples sandwiching two charities by rookie Kevin Ferrer as UST seized a 103-99 cushion then survived a wild finish in the final 40 seconds of the second OT to secure the hard-earned win.

“Hindi ganon kaganda ang laro, pati ang officiating, pero tatanggapin namin ito (We’ll take this win no matter how ugly it was played and officiated),” said UST coach Pido Jarencio, whose wards actually had the last shot in regulation but bungled the opportunity, a shortcoming repeated in the dying seconds of the first extension.

“Marami kaming mental mistakes at yung decision-making namin ang sasama (We had lots of mental lapses and our decision-making was awful especially in crunch time),” added Jarencio.

UST unleashed an 8-4 salvo capped by Clark Bautista’s triple to open up a four-point cushion with 40 ticks left in 2nd OT. Although SSC star Calvin Abueva flubbed a triple in the next play that UST cleared, the Stags regained possession after a non-call on Arwin Vitug’s duty foul against UST’s Kevin Ferrer. This led to basket by Jonathan Semira as SSC inched closer at 101-103, 15.1 ticks left.

Carmelo Afuang made one foul throw for a more breathable three-point edge then the Tigers watched Abueva score a split at the stripe and misfire a long heave to escape with the squeaker.

Cameroonian Karim Abdul fired 23 points and grabbed 17 rebounds for UST while Ferrer and Jeric Fortuna added 17 points apiece. Abueva led SSC with 33 markers and 18 boards but had eight errors.
Pippo Noundou had a 15-15 scoring-rebounding performance for FEU, which finally beat AdU after losing three successive meetings (UAAP second round, University Games and Philippine Collegiate Champions League).

The Tams broke away with a 21-8 exchange in the second canto en route to leads as big as 20 at 59-39. But the Falcons made one last stand and came to within 60-62 with still 1:14 left.

“There’s still the tendency to relax after a big lead,” FEU’s returning coach Bert Flores said in Filipino. “I told them they should play to win and not just play for themselves, especially against a contender like Adamson.”


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