Pampanga completes comeback vs Cavite to win NBTC Div. 2

ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 24, 2019 05:40 PM
Pampanga completes comeback vs Cavite to win NBTC Div. 2
Brianne Angeles came up big for St. Augustine Institute which had just given Pampanga its first-ever NBTC championship

In a game that will go down as an all-time classic in the national championship for high school, St. Augustine Institute-Pampanga leaned on the heroics of seldom used guard Brianne Angeles to stun Lyceum-Cavite, 91-90, in the Finals of Chooks-to-Go NBTC League Div. 2 National Finals presented by SM on Sunday at SM Mall of Asia Arena.

This was the perfect reboot for the program ran by Allan Trinidad after being handed a three-year suspension for not attending the tournament's closing ceremony back in 2016.

"Pinakita nilang hindi lang teams sa Manila pwedeng manalo rito. We are from the province, may karapatan din kaming manalo," declared Trinidad as St. Augustine had to outlast Zamboanga del Sur NHS-Pagadian, First City Providential College-Bulacan, and Proudly Pinoy-Italy to get to this point.

The taste of victory, though, would not have been possible for them in this tournament backed by Chooks-to-Go, Darlington-Exped Socks, EPSON, Huawei, Freego, Purefoods, Gatorade, Go for Gold, SM, and Molten if not for Angeles.

With just 10 seconds left and the Kapampangans rallying back from 13 down to slice the lead to just one, Jacob Delfino, who had 16 points in the game, fouled out of the contest. Replacing him was Angeles who wasyet to play a single minute in the contest.

"Kelangan ko shooter kaya siya yung tinawag ko," said Trinidad.

After Gyle Montano split his charities to give the Junior Pirates a two-point cushion, Angeles raced the whole length of the court as the St. Augustine had no timeouts left. Luckily for him, he was able to draw a foul from Montano that sent him to the stripe.

Angeles made his first free throw but missed his second.

However, Lyceum big man Jae Omandac could not seal out Angeles that led to an offensive rebound. Calm under pressure, Angeles took his time before knocking down a short stab with a second to spare.

"Actually, kahit lamang yung kalaban, sinasabi namin, don’t give up until final buzzer. Talagang nagpakahirap sila until the final buzzer," expressed Trinidad.

A downcast Omandac threw a wayward inbound afterwards that completed the Kapampangans' stunner.

Jiam Quiambao, the Div. 2 Finals Most Valuable Player, but fouled out with 1:53 left, finished with 28 points and 11 rebounds.

Defensive Player of the Tournament Jolo Manansala also added eight points and a whopping 20 boards.

Omandac led Lyceum with 22 points while John Barba and Montano both tallied double-doubles with the former finishing with 18 points and 12 rebounds and the latter putting up 14 points and 17 rebounds.

Joining Quiambao in the All-NBTC Div. 2 team were Guadana, Barba, Holy Trinity College-General Santos' Ednor Akad, and Proudly Pinoy's Chiolo Anonuevo.


ST. AUGUSTINE-PAMPANGA 91 -- Quiambao 28, Delfino 16, Ferreras 15, Nicdao 15, Manansala 8, Lumba 4, Angeles 3, Miclat 2, Lustina 0, Sison 0.

LYCEUM-CAVITE 90 -- Omandac 22, Barba 18, Montano 14, Guadana 12, Tulabut 8, Nocal 8, Cuevas 3, Figueroa 3, Dejelo 2, Gudmalin 0, Clemente 0, Ragasa 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 19-17, 39-42, 61-72, 91-90.

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