By Kristina Caramel Sy editted by Val Macanas (BallersPinas)
Photo courtesy of Jannyl Darren Villarama
The San Sebastian Stags outlasted the UE Red Warriors in their first meeting in the 2013 FilOil Flying V Hanes Premiere Cup via Overtime, 89-87.
It was a very tight game, so much so that it went into Overtime.
Giuseppe Vitorio Vergara, a former Staglet, shot a crucial 3 pointer in the last 19.4 seconds of the Overtime. That 3 Point Shot practically gave the victory to the Stags. Take note, that was his only successful field-goal in the game. He scored when it mattered the most for his team.
Leo de Vera, a rookie from California, saved the Stags in the last 24.3 second of the game. He was the one who tied the ball-game, 78-78. That's why the game went into Overtime.
Charles Mammie, the only scorer for UE in Overtime, tried to carry UE, but unfortunately his other teammates were unable to help him on the scoring end. That practically opened an opportunity for the Stags to steal the lead in the last remaining minutes of the game.
Coach Topex Robinson humbly said "This game tested the character of the team (on how they played today). But, it is a great test for us and I guess we're just lucky."
Meanwhile, SWU made a gorgeous comeback in their 2nd to the last game in the FilOil Flying V Pre Season Cup as they vanquished the EAC Generals with a final score of 80-75.
EAC started the match sinking 6 treys in 1st quarter alone that gave them a huge 12 point advantage against the Cobras.
The Generals seemed to have found their range and still riding on their momentum in the 2nd quarter headed by former San Beda Red Cub, Francis Munsayac, as he contributed more treys that further drowned the Cobras with a big 21 point deficit.
But, SWU didn't lose their hope in the 2nd half. They gradually cut the lead of EAC down to 6 at the end on the 3rd quarter courtesy of Landry Sanjo and Adam Mohammed.
Sanjo found his rhythm in the 2nd half as he led the Cobras to a 17-2 run in the 4th Q. That enabled the Cobras to take the lead in the 4th quarter, 71-62 for the Cobras.
The Cobras never let the Generals to tie or to steal the lead in the last minutes of the ball game. That closed the door for the Generals and tallied their 2nd consecutive loss in the league.
In the last game, NU remained unbeaten in the Premier Cup as they toppled the FEU Tamaraws, 67-64.
Alfred Aroga took much of the scoring role that Emmanuel Mbe used to have. Mbe was not yet 100 percent in this game as he has just joined NU practices few days ago. Good thing Aroga produced Mbe like numbers, 20 points and 11 rebounds.
Mbe, according to Coach Eric Altamirano, is not yet on his 100% and the team needs someone to take over on his behalf. Aroga was that guy.
RR Garcia and Terrence Romeo on the other hand led the Tamaraws producing 29 points combined.
NU dominated the whole game outscoring FEU in almost all the quarters. They did not give FEU a chance until RR Garcia, in the latter part of the 4th quarter suddenly got hot. He sank back-to-back 3s in the last 2 mins of the game to cut NU's lead down to 3 pts, 63-60, but he also comitted a useless foul that sent Robin Roño to the freethrow line. Roño sank both charities to increase NU's lead to 65-60 with 40 secs. left in the game.
Romeo could have tied the ballgame with an and 1 lay up but he missed his bonus freethrow making the score 65-64 in favor of NU.
The Tamaraws subsequently fouled Parks. He made 2 fts. to seal the game, 67-64.
"We expected that it will be a tough game for us since FEU is our opponent. RR is RR and Romeo is Romeo," Said coach Eric Altamirano.