John Pastias for two
In what has to be the most exciting game of the year, STI West Negros finally got back at STI College Santa Rosa 90 – 88 as John Pastias threw a miracle shot that went in with 0.7 seconds left in the second overtime to send the West Negros team to the STI National Basketball Tournament National Finals Championship game.
Renz Solomon on a floater
The game was like a championship game, as the defending champions Santa Rosa and the team they unseated STI West Negros came up with a gem of game that needed an additional ten more minutes to settle the outcome. STI West Negros came out smoking in the first quarter as they opened the quarter with a 7 – 0 run in the first three minutes of the game. STI College Santa Rosa would then regroup and come back with a 10 – 6 run to get back into the game. West Negros would then take the quarter 20 -12.
Aljassin Karamihan scores
STI College Santa Rosa played catch up most of the three quarters until June Aliparo happened. In their game against STI College Balagtas Aliparo had a hard time shaking off his defenders, this time he was able to get free and sink two three pointers that got them back to the game and the needed momentum shift that they have been looking for. The quarter ended with Santa Rosa only down by two, thanks to Aliparo who suddenly woke up from his slumber that ignited the Santa Rosa offense.
Cadase jumps high to score
Both teams traded baskets and no team had the clear momentum in the fourth quarter as the defense of both teams prevented each team from breaking away. The West Negros team had one or two players shadowing Aliparo while the Santa Rosa team would blitz West Negros point guard Renz Solomon every time he held the ball. The result was a 65- all tie in the last 43 seconds that eventually became the final score of the fourth quarter.
Adjie scores inside
STI West Negros and STI College Santa Rosa would not let each other blink nor anyone give some space to one another, thus a second overtime was needed to settle the score. Both teams were prepared to battle for a third overtime when Pastias came up with his heroics. STI WNU was led by the double double effort of Louie Badilles as he had 21 points and 20 rebounds. Pastias ably supported him by scoring 19 points while Charry Cadase who hit two crucial three pointers added 16 points and Renz Solomon scored 14. STI West Negros will now face STI College Balagtas for all the marbles.
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