BRIDESMAID NO MORE: San Beda crowned king of NBTC Division 1
LONG TIME COMING. San Beda had to wait more than two years before finally claiming its first championship in the NBTC.
Coming close but not quite in the last two years, San Beda High School was a team on a mission in the 2017 National Basketball Training Center League National Finals.
Mission accomplished, at long last, for the NCAA powerhouse as it mangled Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu, 79-61, in the championship game on Thursday at the MOA Arena.
Ending as runner-up to SHS-Ateneo in 2015 and then Nazareth School of National University in 2016, the Red Cubs made sure they were ending up as the kings of the hill this time around. “Siyempre, masayang-masaya kasi ito naman yung goal namin and nakuha namin,” coach JB Sison said, smiling from ear to ear.
The two teams were trading blows for all of the first half before Evan Nelle fired seven of his 18 points in the third quarter to take control for San Beda. Nothing but satisfied with the effort of his prized prospect, Sison said, “He’s always steady naman, pero ngaoyn, talagang nag-mature na.”
Nelle’s teammates weren’t letting themselves get left behind as well with Luke Sese and Peter Alfaro adding six and five points, respectively, in the same timeframe. In all, the boys from Mendiola dominated their opponents, 31-19, for a 59-47 advantage heading into the final frame.
The Magis Eagles would not be able to threaten for the remainder of the game.
Nelle was backstopped by Alfaro with 15 points while Prince Etrata and Sam Abu Hijleh had 10 markers each. “I’m so proud of this group kasi ito yung group na nanalo ng Palaro(ng Pambansa), Filoil (Flying V Preseason Tournament), and NCAA last year,” Sison said.
Travis Manuta led the effort for SHS-Ateneo with 14 points. He was held scoreless in the final frame, however, as they settled for a runner-up finish.
Along with the long-awaited, much-wanted championship, Nelle was also recognized as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
Teammate Alfaro joined him in the Mythical Team which was rounded out by Magis Eagles Mantua, Eroll Pastor, and Andrew Velasco.
SAN BEDA 79 – Nelle 18, Alfaro 15, Etrata 10, Abu Hijleh 10, Obenza 8, Sese 6, Nayve 4, Tagala 3, Mahinay 3, Barbero 2, Velasquez 0, Garcia 0, Dela Rosa 0
SHS-ATENEO 61 – Mantua 14, Velasco 13, Pastor 13, Nacua 6, Visser 6, Yu P 5, Cutamora 2, Manaytay 2, Chua 0, Tuadles 0, Calumpang 0, Javelosa 0, Lapina 0, Yu J 0
QUARTER SCORES: 11-11, 28-28, 59-47, 79-61
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