It was a game reminiscent of many NAASCU conquests. Team A of the STI College Olympians prevailed over Rogationist College in the resumption of the Fr. Martin's Cup at the Arellano Gym. Led by 2009 NAASCU Mythical 5 selectee Jerald Bautista and quarterbacked by 2010 NAASCU Mythical 5 member Rama Krisna Morales, the Olympians pressure defense and impeccable offense went to work right away to secure the 98 - 69 win.
Ihalas scores on the fastbreak
The Olympians also saw good games from its junior players namely Macky Delorino, Wency Magampo and Arjay Napenas. Cameroonian Junior player Noel Ojandre finally suited up after recuperating from a foot injury. Among the junior players Napenas showed a lot of heart and spunk that showed that he is ready for the bigtime.
Veterans Maclean Sabellina, Bryan Daguplo and Norman Ihalas held their own in defense and scored when it mattered. Ihalas came up with timely steals and fastbreak points while Sabellina came up with block shots and rewarded himself with a break away dunk shot in the fourth quarter. Daguplo meanwhile defended the big guys well by boxing them out and creating opportunities for other Olympians to score as well.
The win boosted the confidence of the Olympians that dropped two games already. STI has two teams in the Father Martin's Cup with the objective of strengthening both the first team and the second team. Unfortunately the first team went to a tough bracket with some top UAAP teams. All we hope is that they become stronger after this tournament.
Maclean dunks the ball
STI College (98)
Bautista 12, Morales 10, Napenas 10, Sabellina 10, Po 8, Alcantara 8, Silverie 8, Magampo 7, Ojandre 6, Ihalas 6, Daguplo 6, Delorino 5, Ortega 2
Rogationist (69) Melocio 25, Esteban 15, Macolita 10, Dirma 8, Delaserna 3 ,