K&L Marketing leans on clutch shot by Patrick Cabahug to nip UC Webmasters in Sinulog Cup

Veteran wingman Patrick Jan Cabahug came to the rescue just in the nick of time as he nailed a jumper with 11.3 seconds left to lift K&L Marketing to a thrilling 76-75 win over the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters in the opening game of the Chooks-to-Go Sinulog Cup 2023 on Wednesday at the Cebu City Sports Institute.

Down one after UC guard Jasper Pacana canned a long triple with 31 seconds left, Cabahug missed a three-pointer and a floater before grabbing an offensive rebound and making a fadeaway jumper from the baseline to push his team in front.

On the Webmasters’ final possession, they ran a perfectly-executed play that gave ace guard Paul Galinato a wide-open baseline jumper but the steady two-guard missed, giving K&L the victory.

Cabahug led K&L with 20 points, nine rebounds, and three assists, while Will McAloney added 14 markers, nine boards, and four assists.

In other games, DH25-RUS dropped Benedicto College-Lakawan, 91-84. DH25-RUS, a team led by PBA legend Dondon Hontiveros, actually led by as much as 20, 64-44. However, Benedicto College fought back and pulled to within five, 80-75, but DH25-RUS showed veteran moxy as they held on down the stretch for the victory.

Jonel Bonganciso paced the winning side with 23 points and 10 boards, while Melvin Butohan and Vincent Minguito added 13 apiece. Hontiveros finished with 12, three rebounds, three assists, and two steals, while Shaq Imperial pitched in 11.

In the final game, the UNBL Stars of Bacolod City thumped the University of Southern Philippines-Foundation Panthers, 80-60. Veteran forward Cedrick Ablaza led UNBL with 16 points, eight rebounds, and four assists, while Mark Cruz had an impressive double-double of 12 points and 14 boards.