BACOLOD Generals’ running back Jason Pitbang carried the team’s pride with a great performance in the Philippine All-Star Aguilas’ 19-8 triumph over the visiting Korean Tigers in the Philippines-Korea Cup 2 held over the weekend at the Chelsea FC Blue Pitch Circuit in Makati City.
Pitbang, an outstanding mainstay of the Generals, was tapped to suit up for the Philippines side and wowed the crowd with remarkable runs.
“Jason (Pitbang) was no doubt the best running back there. He ran more yards than any other running back,” said Bacolod Generals head coach David Garcia, who was present during the match.
“The South Korean team was fairly a good team and well-coached. However, since the Aguilas are a more experienced team, composed of well-selected players in the country, including Phil-Am standouts, the visitors had no match for the Philippine football team,” Garcia said.
“Even though South Korea has had American tackle football for many years, the Philippine team has the size and have more experienced players,” he added.
The Philippines first scored and never looked back after opening the scoreboard with a field goal for three points in, and later played a touchback for two points for a go-ahead five points in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Aguilas scored a touchdown to extend their lead, 12-0 but with 37 seconds remaining, the South Koreans pulled a six-point touchdown to cut the Philippine team’s lead to half.
Another touchdown by the Philippine side gave them a comfortable, 19-6 advantage to eventually seal the win.
Last year, the Aguilas suffered a 33-38 upset against the Tigers during their first meeting at the Emperador Stadiuim in McKinley Hill, Taguig City. (HGD)