Jaw­break­ers, Rev­ellers pull off re­ver­sals

The Philippine Star - - SPORTS - By KRISTINA VILLANUEVA

Games to­mor­row (Ynares Sports Arena, Pasig) 2 p.m. – Akari-Adamson vs Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Se­bas­tian 4 p.m. – Marinerong Pilipino vs Zark’s Burger-Lyceum

Zark’s Burg­ers-Lyceum and Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Se­bas­tian hacked out a pair of re­ver­sals over their fan­cied ri­vals to seize the head-start in their re­spec­tive semi­fi­nal face­offs in the PBA D-League As­pi­rants’ Cup at the Pasig City Sports Cen­ter yes­ter­day.

The third seeded Jaw­break­ers charged back from 16 points down in reg­u­la­tion then leaned on Jaycee Marcelino and Mike Nzeusseu in over­time to stun the No. 2 Marinerong Pilipino Skip­pers, 90-87.

Marcelino and Nzeusseu com­bined for seven points in ex­ten­sion to thwart the Skip­pers and com­plete their stir­ring come-frombe­hind win.

The Rev­ellers, on the other hand, banked on new ac­qui­si­tions Cedrick Ablaza, Jeff Viernes and Jay-R Ta­ganas anew as they stunned the top-seeded Akari-Adamson Fal­cons, 70-60, in their side of the best-of-three semis.

Zark’s Burg­ers-LPU and Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Se­bas­tian gun for the clinch­ers at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig to­mor­row.

“These guys, they just kept on press­ing and they didn’t give up. I told them that this is for our growth as a team and we are go­ing to learn a lot from this so you don’t feel the pres­sure in them,” said Zark’s coach Topex Robin­son.

CJ Perez poured in nine of his 14 points in the fourth to help rally Zark’s Burg­ers-LPU from 40-56 down in the third quar­ter to an 81-78 lead with 49.4 sec­onds left in the con­test.

But the Skip­pers fought back and drew level on a Billy Robles’ split and a put­back with 26.4 to go, forc­ing an ex­tra five min­utes as Perez flubbed two free throws in the last 3.2 sec­onds and Robles foiled Jes­per Ayaay’s at­tempt.

Jaycee Marcelino and Nzeusseu fin­ished with 20 points apiece while Wil­son Baltazar had 15 mark­ers and Jayvee Marcelino added 10 points.

Rian Ay­on­ayon logged a game-high 22 points, Gab Banal came through with 18, Alvin Pasaol scored 12 while Billy Robles chipped in 11 for Marinerong Pilipino.

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