Agro Sea Horse bags Sante Barley jrs. title-A A +A
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
FROM a runner-up finish last year, the Agro-Industrial Foundation College of the Philippines (AIFCP) Sea Horse bounced back by bagging the title of the Duterte Basketball League-organized Sante Barley Inter-School Juniors Basketball Tournament at the Gaisano Grand Citimall SkyGym Sunday afternoon.
The Arman Villanueva-coached Agro Sea Horse crushed Ford Academy of the Arts, 83-54, in their titular showdown that saw Agro leading all quarters of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP)-sanctioned match.
Ford dribblers tried to cut a 17-point deficit behind the charge of Rey John B. Requina barely seven minutes left in the third but they only managed to come close, 37-47, with 4:21 remaining in the same period.
Title-hungry Sea Horse, however, tightened their defense and kept Ford at bay before wrapping up the match.
It was a redemption of sorts for Villanueva's wards who bowed to Assumption College of Davao (ACD) in last year's finals.
"Nagbunga among mga paningkamot. Sugod palang June nangandam nami sa mga torneyo na among apilan. Condition gyud ang mga bata, gihatag sad nila ang tanan sa mga dula (Our efforts paid off. We started preparing for this year's tournaments since June. The players were really up to it, giving their best in the games)," Coach Villanueva said in an interview with Sun.Star Davao.
Ford's Nicomil Apostol, who was hailed most valuable player (MVP) of the league, was elated by their win, saying: "Lipay kaayo mi. Kauna-unahang championship namo ni sa DBL, ikaduha sugod ko nidula para sa tim.
Ikatulong tuig na nako sa Agro, karon pa sad ko nahimong MVP (We're very happy. This is our first DBL title, the second title since I joined the team. This is my third year with Agro and I won the MVP award just this time)."
He also said that their teamwork and hard work gave them the win.
Apostol finished with 11 points as teammate Jan Rex Tahanlangit drilled in 15 baskets. Bernard Guttierez and Jelmar Paras added 13 and 11, respectively.
Requina, for his part, topscored for Ford with 11.
Emar Human and Environmental College, meanwhile, escaped with a 57-56 win over Ateneo de Davao University to grab the third place.
Rodel Fuentes sank 18 to lead scoring for Emar while Gio Binoya made 10 for the Ateneo Blue Knights.
Sante Barley International's Pearl Imelda Cua and SBP Davao City commissioner Oscar Salvador awarded the champion's trophy and cash prizes to the rest of the winners.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 01, 2013.