La Salle’s endgame comeback fell a tad short
Gutsy playmaker Garvo Lanete saved San Beda from an epic collapse, draining the game-winning three-pointer to lift the Red Lions to a 70-68 triumph over La Salle in the FilOil Flying V Hanes Preseason Premier Cup on Saturday at The Arena in San Juan City.
The NCAA champion Red Lions squandered an 11-point fourth quarter lead as the Green Archers came roaring back to even take a 68-67 lead with under a minute left.
But Lanete came to San Beda’s rescue as he buried the game-winning three-pointer from the right corner against the outstretch hands of LA Revilla with 3.3 seconds remaining to the delight of the San Beda gallery.
La Salle had a chance to send the game into overtime but Revilla lost the ball as he was driving to the hoop.
“Big shot by Garvo. That shows that the he has guts,” said Red Lions coach Frankie Lim.
San Beda improved to a 3-2 record for solo third place in Group A.
It was the Mendiola-based squad’s second game since arriving from a three-week training camp in the United States. The core team, representing Maynilad, lost to Freego Jeans, 88-81, in the first round of the PBA D-League Foundation Cup playoffs.
Lanete finished with 12 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals although he shot 3-of-10 from beyond the arc. Jake Pascual came off the bench to finish with 10 points and eight rebounds in 20 minutes.
“They had a bad game in the D-League, maybe because of jetlag but the team played much better this time,” said Lim.
A three-pointer by rookie guard Baser Amer, who played despite throwing up days before this match, gave the Lions a 62-51 lead with 5:41 left in the fourth.
But La Salle quickly answered with a 14-4 run in a four-minute stretch before Almond Vosotros hit three free throws, off a Paolo Pontejos foul with exactly a minute left, to give the Archers a 68-66 lead.
San Beda’s Jake Pascual split his charities to cut the deficit to one and La Salle’s Maui Villanueva was fouled with 17.8 ticks left. However, the lefty forward missed both free throws to set up Lanete’s end-game heroics.
Vosotros finished with 16 points and seven rebounds in a losing effort as La Salle dropped to 2-3. – JVP, GMA News