Crispa edged Toyota on Rey Pages’ jumper in overtime to win their first-ever meeting in the MICAA. The Comets eventually capture the championship in only their first tournament in the commercial league.
Yco, Mariwasa score 3rd win; Crispa nips Toyota
By Danny Santillan
Published Monday June 11, 1973
Toyota chopped a big 18-point lead by Crispa-Floro, in the last quarter but lost this and five of its men as well and dropped a close 80-78 decision in overtime last night in another MICAA thriller.
A side jumper by Rey Pages with five seconds left broke a 78-all tie forged by Comet Fortunato Acuna and sealed Crispa’s second straight victory before another full house at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
Yco steamrolled Universal Textiles, 95-70, and defending champion Mariwasa-Akai humbled its former coach and Concepcion Industries, 84-74, to keep their two-way tie for the lead with three wins each.
The defeat was the second in a row for both Concepcion and U-Tex. Newcomers E.R. Squibb and CFC Corporation also hold identical 0-2 cards.
Orlando Bauzon shot all of his 22 points in lifting Toyota from 38-31 down in the first half to a 63-54 lead and after Ramon Fernandez fouled out with 6:53 left and Toyota took a 10-point spread, trekked next to the shower at the height of Crispa’s rally.
Then Rodolfo Soriano overcame a shock of botching six of hihs eight charity tries by capping the Redmanizers’ 12-2 rally with a barrelling drive that extended Crispa’s challenge, 67-all, with Robert Jaworski fouling out in that stretch.
The Comets again struck from 77-72 deficit in the extension, knotted the count at 78-all but paid dearly on the effort with the loss of two more men on fouls.
After Edward Camus set up Acuna for the equalizerm the Crispan bided their time with 30 seconds left. The 21-year-old Pages then saw the chance, jumped from the side and scored the winning goal.
Yco, with Renato Reyes finally on its team but still missing Freddie Webb, broke away early in the game and completed its rout of U-Tex with a blistering 18-8 windup in the last five minutes.
Even the presence of former teammate Ramon Lucindo on the Concepcion team could not prevent the Hondas from thundering to their third straight win at the expense of erstwhile Mariwasa coach Tito Eduque, who’s now handling Lucindo and the Motorolas.
Crispa - 80
Toyota - 78
C. Reynoso 13
A. Reynoso 3