Thursday, 13 June 2013 20 Comments
by JOSEF T. RAMOS
Color it red.
The University of the East (UE) Red Warriors used a crippling fourth quarter assault to dethrone the National University (NU) Bulldogs, 81-68, on Wednesday and seize the 2013 Filoil Flying V Premier Basketball Cup title at The Arena in San Juan.
Although down by 47-55 entering the fourth canto, the Red Warriors conspired to unleash a 15-2 bomb capped by Roi Sumang’s stellar plays including a fast break lay-up in the last 4:43 that got them the lead, 58-57.
From thereon, foul troubles under the last five minutes completely wreaked havoc to NU’s title-bid as Emmanuel Mbe and Bobby Ray Parks got fouled out. The Red Warriors took a 74-64 lead in the two-minute mark and didn’t look back.
“We have everything to gain,” said UE coach Boycie Zamar, who praised his players for winning the title after coming out with a dismal finish in the last UAAP. “That’s what we’re aiming to gain — to win the title and be competitive enough in the upcoming UAAP.”
Sumang, who was named Master Most Valuable Player of the tournament, had 18 points along with nine rebounds and six assists while Ralf Olivarez finished with 19 points and eight rebounds, while forward Lord Casajeros added 16 points.
“I’m hoping we sustain our winning attitude in the UAAP,” said Sumang. “It’s really a great experience.”
Nigerian 6’8 Charles Mammie controlled the shaded lane with 21 rebounds in addition to his 10 points.
Parks, who scored 23 points for the Bulldogs, fouled out with 5:44 left and the Red Warriors turned unstoppable in the remaining minutes.
UE now has two Filoil titles. The Reds captured their first crown in 2008.
NU’s dream of winning back-to-back titles has come to an end after its 21-game winning streak in the preseason tournament from last year was stopped.
Meanwhile, San Beda College copped third place after beating University of Santo Tomas, 74-70, in the battle for third place. (EF/InboundPass)
For recaps of the Juniors Finals, Women’s Finals and the third-place game, go to our affiliate site, HoopNut.com.
UE 81 – Olivarez 19, Sumang 18, Casajeros 16, Mammie 10, Jumao-as 8, Javier 6, Noble 2, Hernandez 2, Santos 0, Sumido 0, Guion 0, Flores 0.
NU 68 – Parks 23, Alolino 12, Mbe 7, Villamore 6, Javillonar 5, Rosario 5, Aroga 5, Alejandro 3, Rono 2, Neypes 0, De Guzman 0.
QS: 14-16; 36-32; 47-55; 81-68.