STI West Negros University: Second Runner-up
After three days of the eliminations, STI West Negros University stamped its class on STI College Koronadal 84 - 75 to take third place honors at the final day of the STI National Basketball Tournament. The gritty Visayans showed their firepower as they led from start to finish to beat their Mindanao brothers of the one week National Finals in this 50 team tournament that featured the best in the Visayas and Mindanao region.
Jhan Mac Nermal operates inside
Do it all forward Jhan Mac Nermal scored 22 points, had 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and 4 block shots to lead the NOPSCCEA champions to victory. Small Forward Kraniel Villoria and point guard Renz Solomon each scored 13 points to support Nermal’s offensive explosion. The Visayans were in control of the game and even had their other bench players play extensive minutes. Phil Pajanconi and Max Dunlap, two players who did not play in their game against STI College Santa Rosa, suited up and scored 12 and 9 points respectively to give the STI WNU offense some new looks.
Villoria on the drive
STI College Koronadal’s never say die attitude was evident as they brought down a once 21 point lead down to seven and settled for a nine point loss – their biggest losing margin. Leading the way for the Mindanao team was 6’3 Center Kenneth Libdan who had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds while their other big man Dan Ignacio scored 14 points also. Bernard Caguisano was the only other player to score in double figures with 12 points as ace gunner Jason Estares was held to down to 7 points. This game just shows that the talent level in the Visayas and Mindanao is just the same as the ones in the Luzon region.
Libdan sinks this jumper
STI WEST NEGROS UNIVERSITY (84)
Nermal 22, Solomon 13, Villoria 13, Pajanconi 12, Dunlap 9, Arandes 8, Pastias 4, Vizcarra 3, Cadase 0, Valdez 0, Yap 0
STI COLLEGE KORONADAL (75)
Libdan 14, Ignacio 14, Caguisano B. 12, Puerto 8, Estares 7, Orocio 6, Palmes 6, Sulit 6, Lopez 2, Caguisano J. 0, Valencia 0,
18 – 14, 47 – 32, 64 – 53, 84 - 75