Che'Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian once again went to its veterans, pulling off a 107-103 stunner over Zark's Burger-Lyceum to take Game 1 of the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup Finals Tuesday at Pasig Sports Center.
Che'Lu-San Sebastian took Game 1 despite losing leading scorer Jeff Viernes to GlobalPort and now inched closer from winning the crown. Game 2 is on Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena.
Samboy de Leon propelled the Revellers to the victory with his 18 points on a 4-of-5 shooting from threes, none bigger than his go-ahead trey that gave his side the 104-101 lead with 1:19 left on the clock. He also had five rebounds and three assists.
Alfred Batino also contributed 17 markers and 10 boards, while Michael Calisaan added 15 points and 12 rebounds, including a huge undergoal stab with 28.8 seconds left that took the fight out of the Jawbreakers, 106-103.
"Both teams deserved to win pero yung end game, napaganda lang ang defense namin. Good comeback for our team," said coach Stevenson Tiu.
The Jawbreakers still had their chances late, but MJ Ayaay and Spencer Pretta could not hit their long bombs as Allyn Bulanadi iced the game with a split from the free throw line and Ryan Costelo locking in the win with a steal in the ensuing possession.
The Revellers crashed the boards to gain a 60-48 advantage against the Jawbreakers.
Jaycee Marcelino led Zark's-Lyceum with 23 points, eight rebounds, four steals, and three assists, while Mike Nzeusseu added 19 markers and 11 boards.
Leading MVP candidate CJ Perez was shut down, going only 3-of-11 from the field to wound up with eight points, seven rebounds, and seven assists.
CHE'LU BAR AND GRILL-SAN SEBASTIAN 107 -- De Leon 18, Batino 17, Calisaan 15, Bulanadi 13, Costelo 13, Ilagan 9, Siruma 7, Collado 6, David 3, Ablaza 2, Faundo 2, Taganas 2, Capobres 0.
ZARK'S BURGER-LYCEUM 103 -- Jc. Marcelino 23, Nzeusseu 19, Ayaay 13. Jv. Marcelino 10, Baltazar 9, Pretta 9, Perez 8, Serrano 5, Tansingco 3, Caduyac 2, Yong 2, Iba?ez 0.
Quarters: 34-26, 55-57, 76-76. 107-103.