Vol. 1 Issue No. 6, JUNE 2016 …. page 16
TEAM Poblacion West completed its historic run in the just-concluded sports competitions of the 2016 Kabinnulig Festival by snatching the crowns in all three events including men’s basketball, men’s volleyball and women’s volleyball.
The rare feat had culminated in a heart-pounding do-or-die Game 3 of the best-of-three finals series in the Mayor’s Cup men’s basketball tournament as Poblacion West recovered from a slow start to prevail over Poblacion East, 87-80, on June 20 at the oven-hot Dr. Efren U. De San Jose Memorial Sports Center.
West came back from a 0-1 deficit to win the title and regained the crown after a long-title drought.
Nobody is sure if somebody is keeping all records of basketball tournaments. Players from past championships that had been asked said that they can only recall that West won just once before while Bagutong had won for three straight years.
Poblacion East had won over 20 titles since the 1980s.
This year’s champion team West is composed of Bryan Gel Enciso, MJ Flores, Nino Romero, Ruel Acantilado, Ryan Romero, Gerald Valdez, Louie Robert Mamba, Janong Pacis, Brendo Dam-at, Eduardo Agustin, Wilfredo Sanchez, Rowell Lojero, Dos Agustin, Joebert Subia and Arnold Domingo Jr.
Members of the coaching staff are Freddie Bonifacio, Danilo Cudiamat, Jonathan Pacis, Eliseo Tabuena and Robert Mamba.
East won Game 1 of the Finals on June 18 before West tied the count at 1-1 with a victory in Game 2 on June 19 that forced the deciding match.
In Game 3, West rallied from a huge deficit early in the game then allowed the opposing team to score only a lone field goal in the fourth period to dethrone the defending champion East.
Poblacion East waxed hot early with a commanding 21-6 advantage with just over three minutes left in the first quarter mostly on fast break plays but could not sustain the momentum.
Suddenly after that, West ignited a 15-0 blast with a combination of outside jumpers and inside penetrations and did not allow East to score for the rest of the quarter as the count ended with a 21-20 East lead.
Flores opened the second quarter with a perimeter shot as West took the lead for the first time, 22-21.
Several lead changes followed with East taking a 44-41 lead at the halftime break.
East controlled the tempo of the game in the third quarter as Danny JosephPacis made 13 of his team’s total 26 in the stretch while Enciso and the Romero brothers had traded shots though West was trailing by seven points going into the fourth.
West tightened its defensive posture while Nino Romero led his team’s brunt of attacks as he scored 10 in a 12-1 run that gave West a 74-71 advantage.
East never had the chance to take back the lead as they failed a single field goal in the first nine and a half minutes of the fourth period.
Ryan Romero, Subia and Acantilado helped West with an 8-2 spurt for a 82-75 count with barely 24 ticks left before East’s point guard Alonzo scored his team’s only field goal in the quarter with a three-point shot with 13.4 remaining and the scored stood at 82-78.
Sanchez hit his second of two free throws for the West on Alonzo’s foul as East went on quick foul in a last ditch effort while Uniana converted two of three free throws for the East then Flores went to the stripes anew and made both free throws before Enciso scored on a put-back to seal the victory.
From this point, West players and their supporters have already been celebrating for a historic run this year.
East missed a total of 12 field goals, seven free throws and committed seven turnovers in the fourth quarter. West had seven field goals, six turnovers and missed eight shots and scored six from the free throw line.
In volleyball, Poblacion West defeated Out of School Youth (OSY) to win the men’s crown.
West also won the women’s title against Bagutong.