The University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigers spoiled the debut of superfrosh Bobby Ray Parks by beating the National University Bulldogs in overtime 73-72. It was a nip and tuck affair all throughout. Jeric Fortuna overshadowed Park’s debut by exploding in the final quarter and overtime. With NU leading 65-62 with a minute left in regulation, Fortuna made 3-point shot to tie the game. The Bulldogs had a chance to win the game but ran out of time after Bobby Ray Parks passed off it in the last second to Cederick Labing-Isa who badly missed the final shot. In overtime, Fortuna scored 6 of his team’s 8 point including the game winner with 39.1 seconds left. Parks, who gave NU its last taste of the lead at 72-71 was called to make the last shot for the win. It was not meant to be today as the son of the PBA legendary import Bobby Parks missed the potential game winner.
Jeric Fortuna finished the game with 23 points 6 rebounds 2 assists and 1 steal. He also made 3 of his 7 3-pt FG attempts. He was ably supported by the double-doubles of Season 73 Juniors MVP Kevin Ferrer (12 points 11 rebounds) and Chris Camus (10 points 10 rebs). Lee Villamor surprisingly topscored for the Bulldogs finishing with 19 points and 9 rebounds (4 offensive rebs). Parks finished with 16 points 9 rebs 3 assists 3 blocked shots but was held to a 25% shooting percentage. Center Emmanuel Mbe 13 points 8 rebounds and 6 blocks.
In the main game, the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons ended an 18 game losing streak by beating the rebuilding University of the East Warriors 69-61. UP banked on returning point guard Mike Gamboa to waylay the Warriors. Gamboa finished with 19 points 5 rebs 6 assists 2 steals and 4 trifectas. The Maroons led the whole game and they were superior against the Warriors that really missed the services of do-it-all Paul Lee and big man Ken Acibar. Both players decided to leave the team even if they still have eligibility. Only Paul Zamar (14 points) finished in double figures for the Warriors. Michael Silungan and Jose Anton Manuel finished with 15 and 13 points respectively for UP. It was a great win for the Maroons who finished last season with an embarrassing 0-14 record. The win gave relief to new Coach Ricky Dandan who happens to be a member of the last UP Maroons Championship team in 1986.
UST and UP thus join the first day winners FEU and ADMU for the leadership in the standings.
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