Late push lifts Cebu Sharks over Pam­panga Lanterns

Sun.Star Cebu - - PRIME SPORTS -

Though he didn’t put up huge num­bers and just at­tempted four shots the whole game, Kevin Vil­lafranca made the big­gest play of the night, hit­ting a game-win­ning layup with just four sec­onds left in Cebu City Sharks’ 69-68 nail-bit­ing win over the Pam­panga Lanterns on Jan. 12 at the An­ge­les Univer­sity Foun­da­tion Gym in An­ge­les City, Pam­panga.

The Sharks had a com­fort­able 54-47 lead go­ing into the fi­nal quar­ter and brought the lead up to 11 points, 58-47, with back-to­back bas­kets by Wil­liam McAloney and Joel Lee Yu.

With the home­town crowd be­hind them, the Lanterns made a huge come­back with an of­fense an­chored around guard Levi Her­nan­dez, who had 13 in the fourth quar­ter.

Her­nan­dez trimmed the lead down to three points, 67-64, with a jumper in the 1:11 mark.

Patrick Cabahug tried to an­swer with a three-pointer but missed his tar­get. Her­nan­dez split his free throws to cut it down to a two-point, 67-65, lead.

After yet an­other missed three by Cabahug, Juneric Balo­ria gave Pam­panga the lead with a three-pointer with 23 sec­onds left.

Vic­tor Nuñez at­tempted a two-pointer but missed. Luck­ily, Vil­lafranca was there for the of­fen­sive re­bound and the win­ning bucket. /

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