MANILA, Philippines – The University of the East (UE) Red Warriors forced San Sebastian College-A Stags into four crucial turnovers to pull off a 77-72 overtime victory Monday afternoon to clinch the senior's division crown of the 10th Fr. Martin Division 2 Cup.
Six-foot-five American cager Charlies Mammie showed the way with 22 points for the Warriors when action ended at the Trinity University of Asia gymnasium in Quezon City.
Ralph Olivarez, who finished with 17 points, settled the issue in the final 16.7-seconds for the Warriors when he scored on a putback off RR de Leon's miss to put UE up three, 75-72.
Olivarez then cashed in on a traveling error by San Sebastian's Gio Vergara, forcing a duty foul from the Stags. He made both freebies to help the Warriors earn the crown.
"Credit goes to the players. They wanted to win the championship," said Team B coach Bai Cristobal, who jointly called the shots for the squad along with Bong Ramos.
Jaymar Perez led the Stags with 24 points, and he put the game into an extra five minutes when he scored off his own miss in the final 17 seconds to make it 65-all.
The Stags held a slim 70-69 edge in the last 3:05 but lost momentum when Perez and Vergara committed two consecutive turnovers. Jason Pusiquit then missed a shot and Bradwin Guinto fumbled the ball in the remaining three minutes.
The series of miscues allowed the Warriors to grab the momentum and move ahead, 73-70, off Cameroonian Mustapha Arafat’s charities and drive with 51.7-seconds to go.
Guinto tried to keep the Stags in the thick of the fight with a lay-up in the final 34-seconds mark, 72-73, but the Warriors found a way to keep their distance 18 seconds left.
The Warriors earned their Finals berth by beating the Arellano University Chiefs 78-70 in the semis, while the Stags defeated the Jose Rizal University, 73-68, in their own semis match-up.
Earlier, Hope Christian drew 20 points from Arjan dela Cruz as they prevailed over Chiang Kai Shek, 68-60, for the juniors’ division title.
First Game (juniors)
Hope 68 – De La Cruz 20, Galoso 14, Doliguez 11, Apacible 10, Go 7, Villanueva 4, Guion 4, Rubiano 2.
Chiang Kai Shek 60- Gallego 19, Salim 12, Young 10, Tan 7, Jimenez 5, Larin 4, Bayquin 3.
Quarterscores: 16-11, 37-19, 55-41, 68-60.
Second Game (seniors)
UE 77-- Mammie 22, Olivarez 17, Jumao-As 16, de Leon 9, Arafat 8, Dy 2, Jeremy Blake 2.
San Sebastian 72-- Perez 24, de Vera 18, Guinto 7, Vergara 7, Pusiquit 7, Muyang 6, Grilli 1.
Quarterscores: 13-11, 33-21, 49-39, 65-all, 77-72.