SAN JUAN City – Malayan High School of Science was crowned the champions of the 11th FilOil Flying V Premier Cup Juniors Division after frustrating Ateneo de Manila University, 89-82, Sunday (June 25) at the FilOil Flying V Arena. The victorious Red Robins unleashed a flurry of triples in a searing fourth rally and they held on down the stretch to preserve the win.
Clint Escamis and Joaquin Garcia starting connecting from long range as they overturned their 59-62 deficit at the end of the third period. The Blue Eagles would threaten for the last time via two free throws from Kai Sotto at the 1:04 mark, 78-82, but this was quickly snuffed by a dagger triple from Brian Lacap to up Malayan’s advantage to seven and 46 ticks to play, 85-78.
“It’s only one game so the boys gave it their all,” said Coach Randy Alcantara. “This win is very good for our title defense in the NCAA next month but I know all other teams have strengthened their line-ups so we have to work doubly hard now.”
Escamis starred for the Red Robins with 23 points, seven rebounds and three steals. He was supported by Warren Bonifacio with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Dave Ildefonso paced Ateneo with 16 points and eight rebounds. Sotto still ended up with monster numbers of 15 points and 14 rebounds.
Earlier in the day, Nazareth School of National University salvaged Third Place by thwarting University of Santo Tomas thanks to a superior second half performance. Rhayyan Amsali led the Bullpups with 30 points and 14 rebounds.
For his consistent play throughout the tournament, Malayan’s Will Gozum was named as the Most Valuable, Best Defensive Player and member of the Mythical Five. Joining him in the Mythical Five were Paolo Hernandez of UST and the Ateneo trio of SJ Belangel, Dave Ildefonso and Jason Credo.
How They Scored:
For Third Place
NAZARETH-NU (86) – Amsali 30, Coyoca 16, Javillonar 14, Fortea 6, Gonzales 4, Puray 4, Pangilinan 2, Minerva 2, Malonzo 2, Manalang 2, Pradella 2, Lantaya 2, Felicilda 0, Gayola 0.
SANTO TOMAS (75) – Hernandez 14, Benzonan 12, Balingit 11, Lina 8, Narvasa 8, T. de la Cruz 8, Biag 5, Palencia 3, Dolendo 2, Manabat 2, Co 2, Anunciacion 0.
Period Scores: 25-22, 40-47, 62-58, 86-75.
MALAYAN SCIENCE (89) – Escamis 23, Bonifacio 18, Gozum 17, Garcia 14, Lacap 9, Enriquez 4, Jabel 4, Ramos 0, Dennison 0.
ATENEO DE MANILA (82) – Ildefonso 16, Sotto 15, Manuel 13, Belangel 9, Jaymalin 9, Chiu 5, Credo 4, Gusi 4, David 3, Escalona 2, Angeles 2, Tanedo 0.
Period Scores: 16-19, 41-43, 59-62, 89-82.