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"Swerte lang talaga. Isipin mo, merong dalawang free throw si Cyrus (Baguio) pero parehong hindi pumasok. Meron pang longshot si LA (Tenorio), pero hindi rin pumasok. Swerte lang talaga."
That's what Petron's coach Ato Agustin said after they beat the Alaska Aces in Overtime yesterday. Perhaps it was really luck that propelled them to win against Alaska. Two prime time players of Alaska, Tenorio and Baguio, had the game on their hands but they failed to capitalize on the opportunity. Call it lucky, but I'm sure Petron will take this win with their hands wide open. The score final score of this game will tell you how close the match was. The final score was 82-81. As a consequence of this win, Petron moves up in the Team standings with 3 wins and 2 losses while Alaska goes down in the cellar with 2 wins and 3 losses. They are second to the last.
In the last 1 minute and 7 seconds of the 4th quarter, Jeremy Wise made a three pointer to give the lead to Petron, 68-70, but Jason Forte bravely attacked the defense of the bigger Mick Pennisi, he was fouled and he made both of his free throws to tie the score at 70-70. Wise again made a three pointer to make the score 73-70 in the last 54 seconds of the game. But the Aces didn't give up that easily. Sonny Thoss set up Cyrus Baguio at the left plank for an open three and he made it. The game went into overtime with the score tied at 73-73.
In the last 28 seconds of the overtime, Jeremy Wise made a two pointer that gave Petron the lead, 81-82. Cyrus Baguio slashed into the basket and he was fouled. He went into the free throw line but he missed both of his charities. Arwind Santos grabbed the rebound after the last free throw of Baguio. Santos passed the ball to Sunday Salvacion but Baguio never gave up in the play. He was able to pick the pocket of Salvacion. Baguio immediately passed the ball to his open teammate LA Tenorio for an open three pointer but he backed rim his shot. The shot was strong and as the ball reached the ground, the buzzer sounded and Petron escaped with the win.
Here are the scores:
Alaska Aces 81 - Jason Forte 26, Wesley Gonzales 14, Tony Dela Cruz 13, Cyrus Baguio 11, Brandon Cablay 5, LA Tenorio 4, Sonny Thoss 4, Mark Borboran 2, Jayr Reyes 2, Hans Thiele 0, Bonbon Custodio 0.
Petron Blaze Boosters 82 - Arwind Santos 22, Jeremy Wise 18, Mick Pennisi 9, Rabeh Al-Hussaini 8, Alex Cabagnot 8, Jojo Duncil 6, Sunday Salvacion 6, Lordy Tugade 3, Danny Ildefonso 2, Paolo Hubalde 0.
Quarter scores: 14-23, 33-36, 50-50, 81-82