March 05, 2018

Rod Ebondo delivers winning shot in nick of time as CEU stretches JRU losing streak to six games

Rod Ebondo scored with 1.1 second remaining and Centro Escolar University escaped with a 77-75 decision against Jose Rizal University Monday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup at Pasig Sports Center.

Ebondo was stellar all game long, finishing with a game-high 33 points and 15 rebounds as the Scorpions weathered a tough challenge from the upset-conscious Heavy Bombers.

"We're just lucky na pumasok yung tira ni Rodrigue," said coach Yong Garcia afterwards.

Before knocking down the game winning shot, Ebondo blocked a shot by Jeckster Apinan in the last 15 seconds.

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Joseph Manlangit tallied 15 points and Art Aquino added eight, including the game-tying basket in the paint with 20.6 ticks remaining.

It was the second straight win for the Scorpions, who improved to 5-1 card and bolster their chances for an outright passage in the semi-finals.

Kris Porter went 5-of-9 from the behind the arc and finished with a team-high 21 points for the Heavy Bombers, who took a 75-73 lead on Apinan's basket with 46.1 second left.

It was the sixth straight defeat against a lone win for the Heavy Bombers, who joined idle Batangas-EAC at the cellar.

The Scores:

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CEU 77 -- Ebondo 33, Manlangit 15, Aquino 8, Chan 7, Veron 7, Caballero 5, Wamar 2, Arim 0, Cruz 0, Guinitaran 0, Fuentes 0.

JRU 75 -- Porter 21, Pontejos 14, Grospe 10, Apinan 8, De Guzman 7, Dela Virgen 7, Esguerra 4, Mendoza 4, Sawat 0, Yu 0.

Quarters: 16-17, 38-39, 58-64, 77-75.