Gamboa Coffee Mix-St. Clare played superb basketball in the overtime period but needed one lucky break to stun Zark’s Burger-Lyceum, 107-106, Tuesday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.
Trevis Jackson nailed the game-clinching foul shot for the Coffee Lovers with 0.9 seconds remaining after the Jawbreakers were charged for a technical foul for calling excessive timeouts as Jaycee Marcelino tried to sue for time following Aris Dionisio’s miss.
Marcelino had a chance to avenge himself in the endgame, but his desperation shot in the extra period just rolled out of the ring.
“We’re happy that Trevis was able to shoot that free throw,” said coach Jinino Manansala.
Jackson embodied the role of a hero for Gamboa-St. Clare as he was responsible for forcing the overtime period after he drilled the huge trey with 9.5 seconds left in regulation that knotted the score at 93.
The Fil-Am guard finished with 29 points on a 6-of-11 shooting from downtown, six rebounds, and four assists to help the Coffee Lovers rise to 4-3.
Dionisio tallied a double-double of 25 markers, 10 boards, and four blocks, while Mohammed Pare got 23 points, 18 rebounds, four steals, and three blocks for Gamboa-St. Clare, which survived despite squandering a five-point lead, 106-101, in the final minute of overtime.
CJ Perez poured seven of his 20 points in extra time to tie the score at 106 with 9.5 ticks left before Marcelino’s endgame boo-boo.
He also had seven rebounds and eight assists, but his efforts couldn’t halt Zark’s-Lyceum’s third straight defeat to fall to 4-4.
Mike Nzeusseu also had 20 markers and 12 rebounds, while Spencer Pretta went 4-of-8 from threes to notch 17 points.
GAMBOA COFFEE MIX-ST. CLARE 107 — Jackson 29, Dionisio 25, Pare 23, Bitoon 10, Acuno 4, Rebugio 4, Rubio 4, Alcober 3, Fontanilla 3, Ambuludto 2, Hallare 0.
ZARK’S BURGER-LYCEUM 106 — Nzeusseu 20, Perez 20, Pretta 17, Ayaay 15, Ibañez 7, Caduyac 6, Jc. Marcelino 6, Santos 6, Jv. Marcelino 4, Tansingco 3, Serrano 2, Baltazar 0, Yong 0.
Quarters: 22-33, 50-53, 67-69, 93-93, 107-106.