Bulakenyo scores 42, but Toronto scores win in NBTC Nationals Super 32
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 19, 2019 01:36 PM
Durham Toronto weathered the storm put on by FCPC-Bulacan's John Bravo (Photo courtesy of 2019 NBTC Nationals)
In a thriller early in the Super 32 of the 2019 Chooks-to-Go NBTC Nationals presented by SM, Durham Crossover Toronto needed to dig deep, surviving a 42-point explosion by First City Providential College-Bulacan swingman John Bravo to take an 85-82 win, Tuesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
"Well, merong very special player, yung Bravo pati yung number 10 nila, yung Theo Pablico, para silang Batman and Robin," Durham Crossover coach Mike Cruz said about Bravo, who finished the game with the second-highest scoring output in the 12-year history of the National Finals.
Behind Bravo and Pablico, the Royal Eaglets were able to take a 10-point lead early in the contest.
"Nag-adjust kami kay Pablico nung third quarter at hinintay namin mapagod yung Bravo. Last two minutes, dun kami nakalamang after nung i-shut down namin yung Bravo," disclosed Cruz as Durham gained a 10-point edge entering the final frame.
The Royal Eaglets though were able to knot things up late before Jason Diaz knocked down a cold-blooded triple with seconds left to stop the team out of Bulacan which was actually a late replacement in the tourney sponsored by Chooks-to-Go, Darlington-Exped Socks, EPSON, Huawei, Freego, Purefoods, Gatorade, Go for Gold, SM, and Molten.
Denzel Faraon and Diaz connived to tow the Fil-Canadians to victory with the former tallying 24 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, and four steals while the latter finishing with 16 markers spiked by four threes.
Camp David New Zealand also advanced to the Supreme 16 after escaping St. Louis of Don Bosco-Dumaguete, 80-77.
Reimar Cruz led five Fil-Kiwis in double-digits with 26 points. Dumaguete's Karl David held the fort for his squad with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Meanwhile, in Palm Coast Marina also in pasay, Hope Christian High School bested Sto. Domingo National High School-Legaspi, 71-50.
NBTC All-Star Harvey Pagsanjan led the way for the Soldiers with 22 points on 10-for-21 shooting from the field.
The other Fil-Canadian squad in the tourney, Top Flight Hoops Vancouver, held off Davao Del Norte's St. Mary's College of Tagum, 72-68.
The squads from Davao Del Norte, Legaspi, Bulacan, and Dumaguete will still compete in the Division II of the tournament.
There are still 12 games remaining in the Super 32, including Jalen Green's FilAm Sports, Kai Sotto's Ateneo Blue Eaglets-Quezon City, and Carl Tamayo's NU Bullpups-Manila.