Trevis Jackson made a technical free throw with 0.9 left to lift Gamboa Coffee Mix-St. Clare to a bizarre 107-106 overtime win over Zark'S Burger-Lyceum on Tuesday in the PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup at the JCSGO gym in Cubao, Quezon City.
It was a frustrating defeat for the Jawbreakers who threw away the game on a reckless decision.
CJ Perez tied the game for Zark's Burger-Lyceum at 106-all with 9.5 seconds left in the extra period and the Jawbreakers had a chance to win or forced another extra session when Gamboa's Aris Dionisio badly missed on a three-point attempt.
It looked like the game was headed to second OT when Jaycee Marcelino cornered the rebound with nine-tenths of a second left on the game clock. But to the horror of coach Topex Robinson, Jaycee quickly sued for time.
It turned out Zark's Burger-Lyceum had no more timeouts left so the Jawbreakers were assessed a technical that sent Jackson to the line for the winning free throw.
"It's not the kind of ending we want, but a win is a win," said a visibly relieved Gamboa coach Jinino Manansala.
Gamboa Coffee Mix improved to 4-3 and stayed in contention for a playoff spot.
Jackson eventually finished with 29 points, including 6-of-11 shooting from 3-point range. His triple with 9.5 ticks remaining in regulation tied the game at 93-all to force overtime.
Dionisio and big man Mohammed Pare were equally impressive their double-double efforts. Dionisio tallied 25 points and 10 rebounds while Pare had 23 points, 18 rebounds.
Perez led the Jawbreakers with 20 points. Mike Nzeusseu contributed 20 and 12 rebounds for Zark's Burger-Lyceum, which had loss three in row and fell to 4-4 record.
In the first game, Centro Escolar University clinched a playoff spot in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup with a 90-85 decision over Perpetual.
Rich Guinitaran tallied 27 points to lead the Scorpions to their fourth straight victory and seventh overall in eight games.
Rod Ebondo finished with a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds while Joseph Manlangit lead a solid support by the reserves with 16 points.
The Scorpions controlled the game throughout, thanks to the solid effort of its bench which outscored Perpetual's reserves, 56-13.
"All the credit goes to my players. Even though we had so many lapses, they stayed focused. They were really determined to win," said coach Yong Garcia.
CEU broke a close game open in the second quarter behind their near-flawless shooting from 3-point range. The Scorpions went 5 of 8 from three in the period and 11 of 25 for the game.
Prince Eze scored 23 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in another impressive performance and Edgar Charcos contributed 22 but the duo couldn't save the Altas from absorbing their fifth loss in seven games.
Keith Pido gave the Altas a 19-18 lead late in the opening quarter before Ebondo and Guinitaran scored the next five points to put CEU ahead, 23-19 after one quarter.
Perpetual regained the lead at 31-30 on four straight points by Kim Aurin before Guinitaran took over.
The streak-shooting guard went 7 of 9 including 4 of 4 from behind the arc to spark CEU's breakaway.
His 13 points during a 19-8 run gave the CEU a commanding 49-39 lead at halftime and never trailed again.
CEU 90 - Guinitaran 27, Ebondo 22, Manlangit 16, Fuentes 6, Aquino 5, Wamar 5, Cruz 4, Arim 3, Caballero 2, Opiso 0, Uri 0, Veron 0.
PERPETUAL 85 - Eze 23, Charcos 22, Aurin 14, Villanueva 9, Pido 5, Coronel 4, Mangalino 4, Peralta 4, Pascia 0, Tamayo 0.
Quarters: 23-19, 49-39, 72-60, 90-85.
GAMBOA COFFEE MIX-ST. CLARE 107 -- Jackson 29, Dionisio 25, Pare 23, Bitoon 10, Acuno 4, Rebugio 4, Rubio 4, Alcober 3, Fontanilla 3, Ambuludto 2, Hallare 0.
ZARK'S BURGER-LYCEUM 106 -- Nzeusseu 20, Perez 20, Pretta 17, Ayaay 15, Iba?ez 7, Caduyac 6, Jc. Marcelino 6, Santos 6, Jv. Marcelino 4, Tansingco 3, Serrano 2, Baltazar 0, Yong 0.
Quarters: 22-33, 50-53, 67-69, 93-93, 107-106.