Sweet escape! Novesys sinks IPS with Ordoña game-winner

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by Jonas Egan Reyes, published June 27, 2019

Left for dead in the game’s final two minutes, Novesys Incorporated turned to Jay Ordoña for the go-ahead basket to score a nail-biting 67-66 victory over IPS, Sunday night in the TBL League of 40s held at The Upper Deck Sports Center in Ortigas.

Down 66-60 in the final 1:47, Novesys made key defensive stops and converted all-important baskets to clinch top spot at the end of the eliminations in the six-team tournament powered by Kings of the Court | STR8 Philippines.

Two free throws from Rodelio Balbutin and a layup from Dennis Penus drew Novesys closer 66-64, with 28 seconds remaining. A split from the charity by Ordoña off a foul from Roeland Villareal cut the deficit to one, 66-65, 17 seconds later.

Protecting a 66-65 lead, IPS had ball possession with 11 seconds left in the contest. Novesys’ pressure defense, though, forced IPS to a cough up the leather, enabling Ordoña to break away for the game-winning layup.

The match featured scoring spurts from both teams as early as the second quarter. With Novesys 28-14 at the 6:56 mark of the second period, IPS scored 16 unanswered points to take a two-point lead.

In the third frame, IPS countered Novesys’ 9-2 run with a 12-0 blitz capped by a corner jumper by Penus, which gave his squad a 47-43 headway.

Penus led all scorers with 20 points, along with seven rebounds. Joseph Guillermo added 17 markers, including three made baskets from beyond the arc.

David Lacsamana tallied team-high 16 points for IPS, while Villareal chipped in 14 markers.

With their fourth victory in five games, Novesys claimed the top billing in the team standings as the tournament heads to the semifinals.

With a similar 4-1 card, IPS slid down to second place by virtue of the winner-over-the-other rule in favor of Novesys.

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