Junior Olympians pose before the game
The STI College Junior Olympians leaned on the game long brilliance of Eric Sanchez and Keno Alcantara as they came back after being down 16 points to beat the La Union National Basketball Training Center Youth Team at the San Fernando Plaza in San Fernando City, La Union. The Junior Olympians groped for form the whole game and then finally got their game going in the last two minutes as they won by a whisker 90 - 88.
Eric Sanchez scores
Eric Sanchez, the team's best scorer scored 28 points. His game included three pointers, fastbreaks, drive to the hoop and jumpers. Name it, most probably that offensive arsenal is in his book. When all the chips were down he gave the Junior Olympians a lift by scoring those three pointers with a hand in his face. .
Keno Alcantara scores
The other offensive weapon of the Junior Olympians is Keno Alcantara. The slippery point guard who also has a good range and slithery moves to the hoop helped chop down the 10 point Nokia NBTC lead in the last two minutes as he and Sanchez ignited a killer 15-3 blow that shattered the backs of the La Union youngsters. Alcantara dropped a three pointer and the winning basket as he drove to the hoop to give the Junior Olympians a morale boosting two point win.
Keno eludes his defender
The La Union NBTC Squad was led by the sharp shooting Erven Silverie who sank 7 three pointers including the long triple to tie the score at 88. He eventually led all scorers with 30 big points. His booming three pointers gave the Nokia team a lead of 16 points. Much to the delight of the hometown crowd that cheered the Nokia boys with much gusto, the Junior Olympians bucked the odds by not buckling under pressure and scoring at the right time. Silverie is surely a one of a kind shooter and was immediately offered by the Olympians coach a spot in the team if he opts to study in manila.
Mark Dulalia on the drive
Congratulations to the Junior Olympians, with a month to go, we hope that your progress will continue so that the team will be ready for the 10th NAASCU Basketball season.
STI College (90)
Sanchez 28, Alcantara 22, Ortega 12, Duilalia 9, Saldaña 8, Sabacahan 4, Parinas 4, Untalan 2, de Leon 0, Turringan 0, Magampo 0, Sarmiento 0,
LA UNION NBTC (88)
Silverie 30, Jucar 16, Ojales 8, Amparo 8, Ojales 7, Villoria 6, Wines 5, Moskito 5, Louie 3, Big mak 0
11 - 17, 34 - 43, 56- 68, 90 - 88