The STI College Olympians Team A had two key players missing in their line-up, Center Elmer Labis who has pneumonia and Swingman Abby Chavez who left early for the Christmas season. Left with nine players to rotate, that did not bother the Olympians as they battled tooth and nail but lost steam in the end game losing to Emilio Aguinaldo College in overtime 78 - 80. The Olympians battled back to several deficits with the most at 10 as they shut down the Generals with their vaunted pressure defense and even had a chance to win until forward Jasper Melano missed a game winner in regulation.
In overtime, Melano missed two free throws with 20 seconds left and the Generals ahead by five. Eric Sanchez drained a three pointer to put the Olympians within two 78 – 80 with six seconds left but that proved to be the final stand of the Olympians. With two vital cogs of the team not playing and the leading scorer fouled out, the Olympians showed that a loss like this can also be a victory in terms of what they have discovered and accomplished.
In the other game of the Olympians, the efforts of Jerald Bautista and Rama Krisna Morales were not enough to give the Olympians headway as the National University Bulldogs beat the Olympians 76-52. The team was complete and the veterans were raring to go.
This is quite exciting. The veterans showed that they can compete while the second team also showed that they have what it takes to relieve the veterans and sustain the run of the main men. Both teams take a breather for the Christmas vacation and FMC 3 resumes on January 8, 2011.