JRU Stuns CV In D-L

Jose Rizal University blew a 24-point second quarter lead but held on to pull off a 103-100 overtime victory over Cagayan Valley yesterday in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at the Emilio Aguinaldo College gym.

Philip Paniamogan scored a career-high 26 points, including a three-pointer that tied the game at 94-all with 10.7 seconds left in regulation, as the Heavy Bombers snapped a two-game skid.

JRU improved to 2-4 but more than that the win revived its quarterfinals bid.

The squad of coach Vergel Meneses trails idle teams Cebuana Lhuillier and Fruitas - toting identical 3-3 slates - by one game.

In the second game, Big Chill pummeled Erase Xfoliant, 88-68, to gain solo second at 5-2. The Erasers dropped to 2-5 after their fourth consecutive defeat.

A triple by John Villarias and three combined free throws from Jeckster Apinan and Alex Almario gave JRU a 102-96 lead with 1:38 left in the extra session but James Forrester scored a three-point play and Eliud Poligrates split his charities to push Cagayan within 102-100, six ticks to go.

Dexter Maiquez likewise made just one-of-two freethrows after drawing a foul with three seconds remaining to settle the final score as the Rising Suns failed to hit a tying shot on the final play to drop to fifth place at 4-3.


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