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Dolphins, Sharks fight back

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Games today:

(RTU gym)

11 a.m. -- Lyceum vs. St. Clare

1 p.m. -- PCU vs. Fatima

PHILIPPINE Christian University demolished  Our Lady of Fatima University, 84-63, to stay in contention for a finals berth in the 16th  NAASCU men’s basketball tournament at  the RTU gym in Mandaluyong City.

With their backs against the wall, the  Dolphins of coach Elvis Tolentino and consultant Loreto Tolentino used a torrid scoring run in the third quarter to frustrate the Phoenix  and avert elimination  in their best-of-three semifinal showdown.
   
The third and deciding game will be played  at 1 p.m. today.
   
Jon Von Tambeling and Mike Ayonayon came  through  with the much-needed baskets in another elimination game for the Dolphins, who can now become the first No. 7  team to  reach  the finals against either  Lyceum of Subic Bay  or St. Clare College-Caloocan.
   
Lyceum  also kept its hopes alive by shocking St. Clare, 81-76,  to  forge  a  sudden-death  match today.
   
The  Sharks-Saints sudden-death match is scheduled at11 a.m.
   
Tambeling,  a  one-time MBL MVP, fired 26 points while Ayonayon added 24 points for the Taft-based school, which dropped a 60-62 decision  to  Fatima in the series opener.
   
Yves Sazon contributed 14 points.
   
Tambeling was later named ‘Best Player of the Game’.
   
Joseph Marquez and Emil Japzon carried the fight for the Ralph Emerson Rivera-mentored Phoenix with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
   
But three of Phoenix’s  key players -- Miguel Cabrera, Jerome Juanico and Chris Essomba -- were  limited  to a combined 18 points by the  tight defense put up by  Dolphins’ JR Yasa, Fidel Castro and Brent Palattao.
   
Lyceum rode on Pabrice Djille’s  game-high 35 points and 16  rebounds  to pull the  rug from under the  second-seeded  St. Clare.
   
Carl Lumbao and Allen Fomera  added  10 and nine points, respectively.
   
The scores:
   
First game
   
PCU (84)   -- Tambeling 26, Ayonayon 24, Sazon 14, Vasquez 6, Mescallado 4, Palattao 4, Castro 3, Catipay 2, Yasa 1, Maltp 0, Abrigo 0 Baurtista 0, Galit 0.
   
OLFU (63)  --Marquez 12, Japzon 11, Cabrera 8, Datu 8, Essomba 8, Albano 5, Jimenez 3, Juanico 2, Bargola 2, Penaniel 2, Perea 2, Gozum 0, Pedrosa 0.
   
Quarterscores: 19-19, 45-38, 68-52, 84-63.
   
Second  game
   
Lyceum  (81)  -- Djilla 35, Lumbao10, Formera 9, Timpog 8, Pelaez 7,  Jacaban 5, Saludo 3,   Palamianiano 2, Santos 2, Del Rosario 0,  Hansen 0,   Castillo 0.
   
St. Clare ( 76) -- Rebugio 18, Dionisio 15, Fuentes 11, Fongue 9, Rios 7, Managuenod 4, Puspus 4, De Leon 3, Santos 3.
   
Quarterscores:   16-14, 34-31, 63-52, 81-76.

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