MLQU downs Star Group

JOPHER Custodio saved the day for Manuel Luis Quezon University for the second straight game.

Custodio pulled off another monster game, capped by a put back as time expired to lift  MLQU to a thrilling 80-78 win  over the Star  Group of Publications in the MB Invitational basketball championship at the Lyceum gym in Intramuros Manila.

Custodio’s  game-winning basket came after  Dennis Rodriguez  of Star  Group  tied the score for the last time  at 78-all on a long three-point shot with 10 seconds left and  Alvin Vitug of MLQU missed a  contested jumper  from the right corner.

The 6-3 Custodio then eluded his guard and darted from nowhere for the winning putback against a phalanx of Star defenders just before the final buzzer sounded.

The win enabled  the  Sherman Crisostomo-mentored Stallions to take the solo lead with two straight wins and  relegate the Starmen to 1-1 in this two-month long tournament  supported by Smart Communications, Dickies Underwear and PRC Managerial Services.

Custodio finished with a game-high 20 points for  the Quiapo-based team, which debuted with a similar come-from-behind  73-72 win over Lyceum of the Philippines  last week.

The win overshadowed  defending champion Wang’s Ballclub,  which  survived a gallant stand by Philippine Air Force, 82-72.

Former Talk and Text player Jonathan Aldave scored 17 points for the Mandaluyong-based squad of coach Pablo Lucas and playing manager Alex Wang.  Radito Torres

The scores:

MLQU (80) — Vitug 20, Custodio 19, Urbano 12, Dizon 10, Manalansan 6, Parapa 4, Cryz 3, Lustestica 2, Sumayang 2, D.Uduba 2, Cruz 0, Gile 0, Celso 0, J. Uduba 0, Mendoza 0.

Star (78) — Rodriguez 18, Roque 17, Bondoc 15, Reyes 11, Coquilla 8, Ortega 5, Martinez 2, Bartolome 2, Corbin 0, Reducto 0, Geocada 0, Tabang 0..

Quarterscores: 23-21, 37-38, 58-61, 80-78.

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