Latest Article - Aug. 4, 2019 - Season 2 - 2019 - Finals:

It's been a six year hiatus since my last column. A lot of personal reasons has happened that made me unable to write for a long time but the time is ripe again to resume and share with you my own observations with the league's current affairs. Last Sunday, Aug 4th, we played two championship games in both the A and B divisions. In the first game (B div) between NLEX and Alaska, the NLEX Road warriors jumped to a fast start making five three pointers including two from playing coach Dennis Tanglao and leading 24 to 5 at the end of the first quarter. But the game is never won in the first quarter as the Road warriors became complacent and Alaska made a spirited comeback with better defense and fastbreak points to pull within seven points, 34-27, at halftime. In the second half, it was a seesaw battle with the score even at 42 all at the third quarter's end. But the game's main highlight was the play of Rey Santana who was like a man possessed. He scored at will with a variety of shotmaking, inside and outside and Alaska had no answer for him. Although Alaska's Neil Filhart, who came on top as the league's MVP with 17 points, NLEX won a hardfought game, 62-55. Rey Santana was the consensus Finals MVP leading all scorers with 29 points. He hails from Metro Manila, a family of well known comic book cartoonists. Although he has a different line of work, his performance Sunday couldn't drawn a better picture of his own.

In the second championship game (A div), it was almost a duplicate of the previous game. Batang Pier opened with a scoring binge and never looked back. It had a 13-0 lead before Meralco scored its first points of the game at the six minute mark of the first quarter. Meralco couldn't buy a basket even at close range, falling behind in the quarter, 26-9. Ryan Binondo, who topped all scorers with 21 points tried his best, along with Arnold Rubio, Jason Viray and J.B. Pangilinan to rally the team. But Batang Pier's overall athleticism, balanced scoring and superb defense was simply too much for Meralco to overcome. Meralco also committed a lot of costly turnovers to seal their fate losing the game 78-50. Batang Pier's John Li was chosen Finals MVP with 19 points. He was ably supported by Rodel Gervacio who contributed 12 points and Paul Parenjo with 14 points. Meralco's J.B. "the Flash" Pangilinan who played superbly in the first two rounds was the overall pick as league MVP. A newcomer to the league and for someone who confessed didn't get much playing time in another league, indeed it was a sweet redemption. Finally, I would like to reiterate my heartfelt gratitude for your prayers, words of sympathy and encouragement and generosity during my wife's passing. As my extended family, you certainly helped appease the pain and sadness that I'm feeling, losing my life partner of 43 years. Thank you.

     
 
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