As a result the Olympians recruited players from different parts of the country and landed some good ones but were still wary if they will be competitive since the rest of the team will be manned by virtually untested players. Come the second week of April, Chris Aqualifull a 6-7
The Olympians started like a house on fire as they immediately raced to a 10-4 lead through the efforts of their new prized find Arnold Danganan and veteran Mike Cabangon. The Hawks starring center Jun Napiza then came to life and leveled the count at 11-all. After that through their other gunners GUimpatan and Ryeon delos Trinos the Hawks came alive and ended the quarter with a big spurt to lead 19-15 after 10 minutes of action. The Olympians on the other hand regrouped through their veterans Ramon Mabayo, Darryl Mendoza and Mike Cabangon as the 3 Ms gave the lead back to the Olympians as the half ended with the Olympians on top 37-35.
In the third quarter the Olympians began to put a little distance between them and the Hawks as they employed their vaunted full court press that resulted in numerous turnovers by the Hawks. These turnovers were translated into points by Danganan and Jay Aranzaso. A noteworthy revelation was STI College CDO recruit Maclean Sabellina who at 6-4 can be another Arwind Santos in the making. Sabellina teamed with Norman Ihalas to stem the tide for the Olympians in the third quarter.
Daryl Mendoza was a force on defense
Forward Ramon Mabayo topscored for the Olympians with 20 pts while Arnold Danganan ably backed him up with 18 points as veterans Daryl Mendoza and Mike Cabangon scored 8 and 6 respectively. Another noteworthy addition to the Olympians is Jay Aranzaso who scored 8 points with most of them coming from good defense with which he translated to baskets plus a three pointer.
The surprise package Arnold Danganan on the drive
With a big win like this, better days are sure to come the Olympian’s way.
Mabayo 20, Danganan 18, Mendoza 8, Aranzaso 8, Cabangon 6, Sabellina 6, Vasallo 5, Ihalas 5, Macabasco 4, Crisostomo 0, Daguplo 0, Waminal 0,
Napiza 21, Guimpatan 14, Delostrinos 12, Assuncion 10,De Rosas 3, Paguio 2, Dagala 2, Malinao 2, Sadsad 2,
Quarterscores: 15 – 19, 37-35, 56 -48, 80 - 68