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Titans edge Hunters

  • Written by People's Tonight
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ENDERUN College leaned on Mike De la Cruz’s three-point dagger with four seconds left to beat upset-conscious New Era University, 80-79, in the 16th NAASCU men’s basketball tournament at the RTU gym in Mandaluyong City.

The Titans executed their final offensive play very well after a timeout and watched De la Cruz hit the three-pointer that broke the hearts of the Hunters in the closely-fought encounter.

De la Cruz's game-winner came after AJ Ramos and Joshua Bringas went 3-of-4 from the free throw line to give New Era a 79-77 lead with 17 seconds remaining.
   
New Era had a chance to snatch the win after De la Cruz's basket  but  Enderun's Errol Villar blocked Dexter Castillo's attempt inside.
   
Dela Cruz finished with 21 points for the Pippo Noundo-mentored Titans, who recorded their ninth win in 11 tries.
   
Collins  Wabo added 18 points and Josh Grilli  contributed 17 for the Taguig City-based Titans.
   
Ramos topscored with 26 points for New Era, followed by Richard Velchez with 12 and Bringas and  Dexter Castillo with 10 each.
   
In other games, Our Lady of Fatima won by default over AMA University for their eighth win against three losses; while EARIST outsteadied Colegio de San Lorenzo, 84-80, for a 2-9 slate.
   
The scores:
   
First game
   
OLFU won by default over AMACU
   
Second game
   
EARIST (84)-- Natividad 28, Cahilig 17, Pancho 11, Cabalsi 9, Hilario 6, Joyo 4, Ramos 3, Galvez 2, Llobrera 2, Martinez 2, Baculpo 0, Del Rio 0, Montealegre 0.
   
CdSL (80) -- Gabriel 23, Ancheta 14, Baldevia 13, Astrero 7, Laman 7,  Vargas 6, Alvarado 5, Carongoy 5, Alejo 0, Foronda 0, Arcilla 0, Callano 0.
   
Quarterscores :21-19, 42-35, 65-60, 84-80.
   
Third game
   
Enderun (80) -- Dela Cruz 21, Wabo 18, Grilli 17, Gatdula 9, Villar 7, Nunez 5, Dungan 5, Vidal 5, Bernardo 0, Francisco 0, Daez 0, Junsay 0.
   
NEU (79) -- Ramos 26, Velchez 12, Bringas 10, Castillo 10, Asistio 6, Cabacungan 6, Perez 3. Akindele 2, Kyrin 2, Magkalas 2, Absin 0. Macaranas 0. Pamat 0. Reyes 0. Roque 0.
   
Quarterscores: 18-12. 37-29, 55-52, 80-79.

A. Andaya