STI WNU's Villoria challenged
If there is one thing that the organizers realized in this event, is that there is plenty of basketball talent from around the country. In the finals, there is only one Metro Manila team that qualified while the seven other teams are from the provinces. STI West Negros University continued on its winning ways as it torched the STI College Dasmarinas dribblers from start to finish to eke out a 100 -75 win and go 2 – 0 in Group A at the resumption of the National Finals of the STI National Basketball Tournament at the STI College Cubao Gym.
Jhan Nermal leads the fastbreak
Leading the way for the Mustangs were big men Jhan Mac Nermal and Kraniel Villoria who repeatedly pounded the ball inside the paint. There was also a lot of support coming from the rest of the crew as John Pastias, Charry Cadase and first and Renz Solomon also chipped in their usual game. The height disparity was very evident in this game as the mustangs enjoyed a 72 – 22 advantage in the points in the paint.
Rhaygie Matsuo drives to the basket
STI College Dasmarinas did not go without a fight. Down to just six men with the others getting injured yesterday, the Cavite team summoned their signature resiliency to comeback and narrow the gap everytime the Visayas five would threaten to blow the game away. The Dasmarinas team sank 10 three pointers with Kim Bungubung leading the way with three for a game high of 20 points. Rhaygie Matsuo and Rjay Villaruz also scored in double figures as they did not give up until the final buzzer sounded.
Kraniel Villoria on the drive
With their second win, STI WNU will face the other undefeated team in Group A, STI College Santa Rosa to determine who will be in championship game from The their group. The loser will be relegated for the fight for third. For the Visayan champs to succeed, STI WNU will need to solve the pressure defense of the Laguna team and they will need the inside game of Nermal and the outside sniping of Solomon and a total team effort. Game time is 11 am at STI College Cubao.
Kim Bungubung drains a three
STI WEST NEGROS UNIVERSITY (100)
Nermal 17, Cadase 16, Pasitas 15, Villoria 14, Solomon 11, Dunlap 8, Yap 7, Belocura 6, Vizcarra 4, Arandes 2, Pajanconi 0, Valdez 0
STI COLLEGE DASMARINAS (75)
Bungubung 20, Matsuo 16, Batiancila 14, Gabotero 12, Villaruz 10, Mendoza 3,
30 -15, 56 – 31, 82 -52 , 100 - 75