Allan Mangahas caught fire in the fourth quarter and Racal edged Cafe France, 78-74, in a thriller Tuesday to advance to the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Finals at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
Mangahas buried four triples in the final frame alone with his last 3-pointer giving the Tile Masters a four-point lead to seal the game with 4.3 seconds left.
“I just told him (Mangahas) to keep shooting,” said Racal head coach Jerry Codiñera. “My only worry was he’ll tire out but he didn’t.”
“The game could’ve gone either way. They (Cafe France) had a wide open three and they missed. Had it gone in I didn’t think we would’ve been able to recover from it,” Codiñera recalled. “But it didn’t go in and perhaps the game was really for us. God’s will.”
Racal will face either Cignal-San Beda or Tanduay in a best-of-three finals beginning on Thursday.