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Jamfy survives San Jose

  • Written by People's Tonight
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JAMFY Pioneers- Secret Spices rode on the  heroics of former Jose Rizal University mainstay Kenny Santos to subdue New San Jose Builders, 97-96, in overtime in the 2016 MBL Open (Second Conference)  basketball tournament at the Rizal Coliseum.

Santos, the other half of the Santos twins from JRU now playing for Jamfy, drove against a phalanx of  defenders with 23 seconds left to provide the  marginal basket in the  tensely-fought encounter.

San Jose Builders actually had a chance to salvage the win, but Lucky Palogan  missed a  difficult shot under  pressure in the team’s final offensive  in the tournament supported  by Smart Sports, Ironcon Builders, Star Bread, Dickies Underwear, PRC Couriers   and Gerry’s Grill.
Earlier, former Ateneo player John Apacible hit back-to-back baskets inside  the shaded  area to give Jamfy a 95-91 lead with less than a minute left in the extra period.
But San Jose  battled back with Jayson Grimaldo barreling his way inside  and Palogan  hitting a three-point shot from the  right side to wrest the lead, 96-95 with still 30 seconds remaining.
Toffe Santos  finished with 21 points, while  Apacible  added a double-double  with 20  points and 12  rebounds for Jamfy, which is being handled by coach Jigs Samaniego, consultant Vincent Pasquin and playing manager Macky Villarta.
Two other players -- Mario Basco  and Mike Jimenez -- added 15 and 13 points, respectively.
Nikko Lao, the  team’s  most dependable scorer, scattered 34 points, while Grimaldo  added 28  points to give  NSJBI of coach Rainier Carpio and manager Jomar Acuzar a 1-2 punch.
The 6-3 Lao also sent the  game  into overtime with a long three-pointer as time expired.
Palogan contributed  19  points and Kevin Sumay had 11.
MBL chairman Alex Wang said  the  participating  teams will play a  single-round elimination with the top two teams advancing to the semis outright with twice-to-beat privileges.
The  championship is a winner-take-all affair.
The scores:
Jamfy Pioneers-Secret Spices (97) -- T. Santos 21, Apacible 20, Basco 15, Jimenez 13, K. Santos 9, Baltazar 8, Murillo 8, Fernandez 3.
San Jose Builders (96) -- Lao 34, Grimaldo 28, Palogan 19, Sumay 11, Telles 2, Acuzar 2, Sopranes 0.
Quarterscores:  24-18, 43-30, 60-62, 82-82, 97-96.