#IlabasAngGaling! The top-10 best moments from NCAA Season91 (Part II)
Santino Honasan on Nov 06, 2015 06:40 PM
NEW KINGS! Where did Letran's championship end up on our list?
Welcome back! Guess you guys couldn’t wait any longer, huh?
Well then, let’s get right down to it…but first, if you guys want to check out moments ten to six, just click HERE.
Alright, here we go!
5. Bright Akhuetie’s buzzer-beating basket beats San Beda!
One of the biggest performers of the season was Perpetual’s rookie bigman Bright Akhuetie. “Mr Brightside” led the league in scoring for a significant period, and was the Altas’ main gunner on offense, that’s why it was no surprise when he bailed his team out against the then-defending champs.
In the final sequence of the game with Perpetual and San Beda all tied up at 86 Scottie Thompson fumbled the ball, but fortunately for the Altas, it wound up in the hands of Nestor Bantayan, who then found Akhuetie all alone under the rim for the game winning short-stab at the buzzer. Big Bright poured in 31 points that game, but no two points were bigger than the ones he scored in the end.
4. Jiovani Jalalon and Scottie Thompson triple-double-duel!
Season 91 showcased a whole lot of talented guards, from Mark Cruz, to Teytey Teodoro, to Jam Ortuoste, and so on, but on this night, two of the league’s top floor generals came to play.
Good friends off the court, Arellano’s Jiovani Jalalon and Perpetual’s Scottie Thompson went at each other in this second round meeting, with both guards finishing the game with triple-doubles. Thompson dropped 24 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists, but it was Jalalon who came out as the victor, recording a game-high 32 points, eleven of which came in overtime, to go along 15 boards and ten assists, but more importantly, the win.
Both Jalalon and Thompson went on to record multiple triple-doubles in Season 91.
3. All-Star thriller!
Did we say that Season 91 featured some incredible comebacks? We did right? See, even the mid-season classic went that way too.
On paper, the stacked East team, led by the likes of Art Dela Cruz, Jiovani Jalalon, Teytey Teodoro, Bright Akhuetie, and Brad Guinto were the favorites against the West squad by Mark Cruz, Jonathan Grey, Allwell Oraeme, and Francis Munsayac.
With around a minute left, the East squad had a comfortable 88-81 lead, but as time has told so often before, no lead is safe in the NCAA. In the span of seconds, Grey did his best Reggie Miller impersonation and connected on back-to-back threes to cut the lead to two with over 14 ticks left.
Another stop for the West in the dying seconds got them the ball, and Cruz went for a hail-Mary heave from halfcourt and got fouled, sending him to the line for three free throws.
Final score: 89-88 for the West All-stars.
2. #KaguloSaNCAA Friday!
Analyst Mikee Reyes was spot-on when he coined the now-famous #KaguloSaNCAA hashtag to describe Season 91’s tight Final Four race.
No other gameday embodied “kagulo” more than Friday, September 25 when ALL SIX Final Four contenders saw action.
Mapua took on San Beda, JRU faced Perpetual, and Letran went head-to-head with Arellano. The massive gameday unfortunately did little to sort out the situation, as there would be a few more #KaguloSaNCAA days leading up to the Final Four. What #KaguloSaNCAA Friday did though, was sell a whole lot of tickets and provide a ton of exciting college basketball action.
1. The new kings!
Definitely the most memorable moment of Season 91 was the final one.
After five years, a new champion was crowned in the NCAA, and after ten years, it was once again Letran’s time.
In what was an epic three-game series for the Finals, Letran and rivals San Beda went at each other for all the marbles. The final game, quite fittingly, went into overtime, where the Knights finally pulled away for the crown.
The Knights gave it their all, and so did the Red Lions, who held the title for five straight seasons, prior to Season 91, but in the end, there were new kings in the NCAA.
So, there you have it! Ten memorable moments from an unforgettable season. Anyone else already excited for Season 92?