Philip Paniamogan was mobbed by his teammates as the horn sounded signaling the end of Racal’s dramatic win over Phoenix.
Paniamogan had just sank the game-winning shot, a contested step back triple from the top of the key with 3.1 seconds left that he cooly made as if it was shootaround.
It was a heroic moment for Paniamogan, but for the former Jose Rizal University star, there wouldn’t have been a celebration on the floor with him at the center of it if not for one of his teammates.
RACAL seeks to solidify its hold of top spot when it clashes with dangerous Tanduay today in the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
Two days after stunning Phoenix, the Tile Masters hope to carry their fine form against the Rhum Masters, who need a victory in the 6 p.m. match to keep their Top 2 hopes alive.
Stunned by Tanduay last Tuesday, defending champion Cafe France battles AMA Online Education at 4 p.m.
Kevin Ferrer shook off the cobwebs and found his old form late, saving Tanduay in his debut game on Monday.
Missing his first six three-point attempts, the former UST standout mustered enough courage and heaved one last shot, this time drilling an all-important trey to push the Rhum Masters up, 75-74, past Cafe France with 39.2 seconds left which would eventually be the game-winning basket.
“Binigyan lang ako ng tiwala ni coach at ng teammates ko,” said Ferrer as he announced his arrival in style. “Nagtiwala din ako sa sarili ko kasi kung di ko itinira yun, walang mangyayari. Keep on trying lang naman eh.”
Tanduay continues to own Cafe France’s number.
Kevin Ferrer nailed the go-ahead three with 39.2 seconds to go, while Reden Celda had the game-saving block as the Rhum Masters gutted out a 75-74 thriller over the Bakers for its fourth straight win in the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Monday at Ynares Sports Arena.
“Sana lagi na lang ganun, na matatalo namin sila,” said coach Lawrence Chongson. “It’s one of those games where we got lucky. You really need to bring your A-game and a little bit of luck to beat this team.”
AMA Online Education stayed in the Final Four race after a 113-84 win over Blustar Detergent in the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Monday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
The Titans also recorded the team’s first winning streak.
“Record sa amin ito. Ngayon pa lang kami nakapanalo ng back-to-back games, nagkaroon pa kami ng chance sa semifinals,” said AMA head coach Mark Herrera.
CAFE France tries to strengthen its hold of the No. 1 spot against a team that just got a prized catch.
Days after wresting the solo lead from Phoenix, the Bakers battle a Tanduay Rhum squad that’s set to unveil former University of Santo Tomas star Kevin Ferrer tonight.
And coach Egay Macaraya admits it’s going to be tough for his Bakers as they face not only a beefed-up Rhum Masters, but also a confident team that dealt their lone loss.
Already one of the contenders for the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup, Tanduay is further bolstering its roster with the acquisition of Kevin Ferrer.
The former UST standout is a huge addition to the Rhum Masters, who are currently sitting at fourth with a 6-3 card.
“We are not leaving any stones unturned,” coach Lawrence Chongson told INQUIRER.net on Saturday.