Chiang Kai Shek rallies to stun Durham on Galinato winner

All the participating teams took a photo-op after the opening rites. Ivan Saldajeno
By Ivan Saldajeno

PASAY—John Galinato preserved a huge second half comeback by Chiang Kai Shek to repulse Durham Crossover, 62-60, in the first game of the NBTC National Finals at the Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday.

Galinato scored the game-winning layup with 0.9 second left as the Tiong Lian stronghold rallied from 15 down to beat the Canadian youth club, one of two international teams that spice up this year's high school hoop showcase.

Trailing, 27-42, midway into the third quarter, Chiang Kai Shek went on a 26-4 run that spilled to the fourth to lead, 53-46, with 5:09 left in the game.

Led by Robert Ocampo, James Canlas, and Matt Daves, Durham fought back, going on a 14-4 rally of its own to retake the edge, 60-57, with 1:07 to go.

Miguel Oczon tied the game, 60-all, with 57.2 seconds remaining, and a series of botched Canlas plays in the last 30 seconds earned Chiang Kai Shek a chance to win with 5.1 seconds to go.

Galinato did not disappoint as he drove hard to the basket for the go-ahead lay-in.

Canlas' halfcourt heave at the final horn went over the backboard.

Galinato, despite a relatively off game, finished with 19 points, eight rebounds, and two assists.

Batang Gilas standout Jonas Tibayan had a quiet outing with six points, although he got 13 rebounds and one steal.

Canlas had 23 markers, 13 boards, six assists, and three steals, but he committed five turnovers including a bad inbound pass that set up Galinato's game-winner.

Prior to the game, a simple ceremony officially opened the tournament that will run until Thursday.

Box Scores:

Chiang Kai Shek 62-Galinato 19, Toribio 11, Oczon 9, Aying 9, Tibayan 6, Montes 4, Lim 3, Ramirez 1, BaƱez 0, Minerva 0

Durham 60-Canlas 23, Nava 11, Daves 10, Ocampo 10, Santiago 3, Florido 2, Ablang 1, Peralta 0, Mohammed 0, Oligane 0, Lim 0, Cruz 0

Quarterscores: 17-22, 27-31, 35-44, 62-60

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