Hardwork, Discipline and Perseverance are three things that helps teams become hard to beat. For the STI College Olympians, their discipline is what makes them stick to the system that they are using, their perseverance is what makes them dive for loose balls and not give up on any play and their hardwork is what makes them extend their lead further. These three things are what the Olympians did in masterfully dispatching arch rival AMA Computer University 80 – 51 in the resumption of the Seniors Basketball Tournament of the NAASCU which was played at the STI Gym at the Fort.
2010 NAASCU Mythical 5 Team Member RK Morales only scored 1 point while 2009 Mythical 5 selectee Jerald Bautista added three points. If this was a normal team, if you shut down their two best players you will be most probably be expecting a win. Unfortunately for the Titans, the Olympians have more weapons to use in their onslaught against the Titans. Third year forward Cedric Ablaza scored 17 points as the Olympians big men spelled the difference.
Gabo on the break away lay up
Dimunitive Olympian Point guard Hesed Gabo was somehow out of sync in this game as he turned over the ball 5 times. Luckily for Gabo he scored 13 points to make up for his earlier mistakes and bad passes as he atoned for another subpar game of veteran Norman Ihalas who failed to score. Gabo turned the tables around by getting steals and became a recepient of many fastbreak points as the Olympians tirelessly pressured the Titans to commit turnovers as the Taguig based Olympians put the game beyond recall at the start of the 4th quarter with a 20 point lead .
The Big men of the Olympians also stamped their class on the Titans as PBA D-League campaigner followed up his first game exploits with a 10 point production and together with another big man Ivan Moreno added another 10 points. Playing at the STI Gym for the first time this year, Sabellina did not disappoint the pro-STI crowd as he rattled off another rim rattling dunk shot to the delight of the STI Community. Sabellina started off by thrwarting a basket by Marvin Cabico and then changed most of the AMACU shots.
Sabellina and Moreno both stamped their class against the hapless Titans who were led by Mac Avellana who was the only one in double figures. The Olympians were quite tentative at first as Storm Riva, Abby Chavez and Cameroonian Import Noel Ohandja held the fort against the AMACU veterans Mark Macanlindan and Raymond Alvarado but once the Olympians got going with the timely spurts of the trio and great defense, the home team just went to cruise control for the hard earned 29 point win. The Olympians are now 2 - 0.
Ivan Moreno's patented
up & under move nets him 2 points
STI COLLEGE (80)
Ablaza 17, Gabo 13, Sabellina 10, Moreno 10, Chavez 8, Ohandja 6, Melano 5, Bautista 4, Riva 4, Saldaña 2, Morales 1, Alcantara 0, Ortega 0, Ihalas 0, Labis 0,
Avellana 10, Alvarado 9, Mangalindan 9, Cabico 7, Villena 4, Ibarra 4, Sumay 4, Rios 2, Castellano 1, Nicolas 0, Ballesteros 0,
Quarterscores: 22 - 13, 40 - 31, 58 - 38, 80 - 51