A shot by Keith Jordan Jr. at the last second gave the Titanes of the National District a sensational 84-82 victory over the Cañeros del Este, in a match held at the Leo Tavárez multi-purpose venue corresponding to the LNB Super League.
With 7 seconds left in the last quarter, Brayan Martínez tied the score at 82-82 with a tap-in, after a mistake by Allan Griffin. Immediately, rookie Richard Bautista served under the backboard and delivered a long pass to Jordan Jr., who received the ball in front of the 3-point line, fumbled it, recovered it, turned, shot before the two-man defense. players and scored just before the buzzer.
After the game, all the Titans players and their coaching staff were confused in hugs. The win leveled the team’s record at 6-6, now tied for fourth with the Cañeros, who lost for the third time in a row.
However, those led by Joel Ramírez swept the series 2-0 against those from the East. The previous game was held in San Cristóbal and concluded 106-90.
Jaelyn Johnson was the most outstanding for the Titans with 23 points and 5 rebounds, followed by 15 points, 9 assists and 4 steals from Bautista. MJ Rhett also had 15 points and Jordan Jr. had 8 and 10 rebounds.
For the Cañeros, Griffin left with 28 points and 6 boards, Martínez finished with 16 points and 10 sacks and Tyree Crump finished with 12 points and 2 steals.
The first quarter was won 26-20 by the Titans. The difference rose to 15 (41-26) when Xavier de la Rosa got a triple with 4:56 remaining in the second half. Los Cañeros were able to discount four points in the rest of the quarter and the first half was 49-38.
Johnson led with 19 points in the first 20 minutes against the Titans, who also had 8 points from Rhett. Griffin and Martínez had 12 points each for the Cañeros.
Through much of the third quarter, the Titans’ lead held in double figures, until Crump hit a free throw that brought the Cañeros within 53-62 with 2:46 left. However, the blue-light blue advantage increased to 14 (67-53) with a triple by Jassel Pérez with 1:04 left. The board marked 67-55 after three periods.
The partials concluded 26-20, 23-18, 18-17 and 17-27 for the Titans.
The LNB Super League will rest this Monday, but will resume on Tuesday with the Leones de Santo Domingo receiving the Metros de Santiago at 7:00 p.m. at the Palacio de los Deportes and with the Cañeros del Este visiting the Indios de San Francisco de Macorís at 8:00 pm at Mario Ortega.