Sunday, April 22, 2018

STI College Koronadal ends season with a win

Caguisano Jr. hits the baseline jumper

Three graduating players of STI College Koronadal bid farewell to their STI NBT careers as they played out their last game of the season but fortunately in good fashion as they beat STI College Cubao 80 - 52 to end their National Finals campaign on a good note. Bernard Caguisano Jr., Paolo Soliva and Kenneth Libdan conspired to give STI College Koronadal their only win in the tournament as they rediscovered their form and offense as Mindanao champs.

Soliva drives to the basket

STI College Koronadal used the second quarter as their springboard to mount a comfortable 19-point lead to end the first half as the team from South Cotabato punctured the hoops endlessly and more importantly got back on defense to prevent the new kids on the block a chance to get this game. The southeners gave the young guns some lessons in teamwork, good passing and tough defense which STI College Cubao can use to improve their game.

Bacalso scores on the follow-up

STI College Cubao leaned on the triumvirate of Carl Meehleib, Jerico Almenario and Frans Bacalso to lead their cause. Meehlieb scored 19 points, while Almenario had 14 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals and a block while Bacalso had 10 points, 7 rebounds, an assist, five steals and two blocks which was obviously not enough to bring the game to their favour.

Meehleib on the fastbreak

Caguisano on the other hand scored 15 points, pulled down 8 rebounds, had 5 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks to lead his team to victory. Soliva had 12 points and 4 rebounds while Libdan, whose value is the defense he brings to the team contributed 6 points. This is the fourth year that the South Cotabato team made it to the National Finals and with the core of their team leaving will be hard pressed to get back again next year.

Ala-an on the drive
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