It seemed like NHA head coach and former Ginebra player, Benett Palad, injected the “never-say-die” Ginebra spirit into his team NHA Builders when they dominated the two-time champion Judiciary Magis in an exciting double overtime win, 108-101, on Sunday for the continuation of the first round elimination of the UNTV Cup — the league of public servants.
Though the Judiciary Magis dominated the NHA Builders in all 3 quarters, the Builders patiently tore down the lead in the final period to force the first overtime, 80-80.
In the first overtime, it was a showdown of marksmanship in the 3-point perimeter between Alvin Vitug and Frederick Salamat. Judiciary Magis had the chance to win the game if Erik Dionisio had not miss 1 of 2 crucial free throws with last 5 seconds left. The score entering the second overtime was 95-95.
But in the second overtime, the Judiciary Magis were plagued with foul troubles. Magis gunners Chester Tolomia, Warren Ybañez and Frederick Salamat graduated while there was still a few more minutes to play, allowing NHA to eventually prevail.
Also crucial to NHA’s victory was their rebounding, having 64 rebounds compared to Judiciary’s 38 rebounds and NHA’s free throws: 26 made out of 44 attempts (59.1%) compared to Judiciary’s 17 made out of 38 attempts (44.7%).
With a combined 42 points the Tibay twins — Waldemar and Ralph— were chosen as best players of the game for carrying out Coach Benett Palad’s specially designed plays defensively and offensively all throughout the game.
“Kasi malalaki sila kailangan ko sa loob ng speed, so kailangan ko may humustle (hustle) kay Warren. Kasi kung hindi, mayayari kami sa ilalim, wala akong malaki eh,” Coach Bennett Palad said.
Ralph Tibay said, “Kailangan kong depensahan si Warren, kailangan mahirapan si Warren yun lang naman ang game plan: pahirapan ang beterano. Kung walang magtitimon sa kanila patay yung ano ng Judiciary.”
Meanwhile, Waldemar Tibay had this to say about Frederick Salamat: “Shooter talaga eh kahit anong gamin namin, nag-double kami sa side. Ang problem lang namin, sumasakto yung tira niya doon, pero good defense pa rin kami.”
Other outstanding performances came from Alvin Vitug and Marlon Mercado with 23 points each and Antonio Lustestica Jr who contributed 10 points.
For the basketball team of Supreme Court, Frederick Salamat amassed 25 points with 21 points coming from the 3-point area. While Chester Tolomia had 23 points and Warren Ybañez had double-double figures, 19 points and 10 rebounds.
“Ang naging problema namin noong fourth quarter lamang kami ng eleven points medyo ipiniress namin yung ball, kaya nawala yung momentum namin sa tingin ko yun yung factor kaya nahabol kami, eh,” Judiciary Magis Coach Joey Yabut said.
With this win, the Builders are now in the 3rd place of Group B ranking with 2-1-win loss record while the Judiciary Magis falls into the 4th place with 1 win and 2 losses.
In the other games, PhilHealth Plus has now broken into the win column of Group A ranking after an excruciating overtime win over the Ombudsman Graft Busters, 118-110.
Even though PhilHealth’s Mark Pedroso has not yet fully recovered from his knee injury, he still played to help his team.
Mark Pedroso collected 19 points and 9 assists while Jonathan Aldave collected 38 points and 7 rebounds, together, they were hailed as best players of the game.
Meanwhile, Malacañang-PSC Kamao remains unbeaten after defeating the GSIS Furies, 102-69.
Philippine Marines’ Joseph Besa was hailed as best player of the game with 19 points and 3 rebounds. — Bernard Dadis
Game 1: Malacañang-PSC def. GSIS, 102-69
Malacañang-PSC 102 – Besa 19, Ignario 17, Garrido 14, N. Javier 11, Punzalan 11, V. Javier 9, M. Antonio 9, R. Abalos 2