CEBU CITY, Philippines – RP Mora Dribblers wasted a double-digit lead in the first half but survived in the final seconds of the game to beat COA Enablers 74-71 in the championship game for its back-to-back title Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA)-Cebu Basketball League 2019-2020 Saturday afternoon, March 7, 2020, at the Capitol Parish Gym.
Despite playing without its reliable pivot, Luis Fajardo Jr., RP Mora started hot with Dondon Santiago leading the charge to build a 20-10 lead after the first quarter. The Dribblers continued to take control of the match with Jecon Bonsocan and Ram Agnes contributing to keeping a double-digit lead at the end of the first half.
The Commission on Audit team slowly crept back behind the Sindey Metante and Junniex Singculan that helped the Enablers bounce back hard in the final two quarters. With the momentum of the game shifting the Enablers’ way, the Dribblers had to rely on its full-court defense to neutralize the uprising of COA.
After a thrilling exchange of baskets in the final quarter, the score stood even at 71-all. It was Agnes who managed to give the Dribblers a precarious lead 72-71, with a split free throw which was a result of a good defensive stop of the defending champions.
The Enablers had the chance to turn to tide around but Santiago, who was named the Finals MVP, denied the attempt of COA in the final seconds of the game and the Dribblers again scored the final two points from the free-throw line for the final count.
Santiago scores the team-high 21 points while Bonsocan added 15 for the back-to-back champions RP Mora Dribblers while Singculan scored the game-high 25 points and Metante finished with 15 markers for COA Enablers.
Meanwhile, TSO & Co. took home the third-place trophy following an 86-72 victory over Team Strikers with Vienzon Romero top-scoring with 24 points.
The 3-month long tournament was organized by CPA-Lawyer Reiner Mora along with John Siegfred Agraviador, Rengie Galo, Jermie Plaza, Venencio Oyangoren Jr., Ramil Oliveros, Andrake Canete, Michael Jomuad and Alben Zabala. The tournament commissioner is Mamay Puzon.
For 3rd place:
TSO & Co. 86 – Romero. 24. I. Labaya 19 , Aliser 18, Ompad 12, J. Labaya 9, Oyangoren 4. Strikers 72 – Ruiz 22, Padoga 21, Zabala 12, Hong 10, Coca 7.
Quarterscores: 25-14; 45-34; 65-54; 86-72.
RP MORA 74 – Santiago 21, Bonsocan 15, Agnes 9, Cadampog 6, Anedez 5, Cabarubias 5, Torres 2, Mora 2, Huyo-a 2, Destriza 2, Ocupe 2, Estonillo, 2 Fuentes 2. COA 71 – Singculan 25, Metante 15, Mahinay 9, Tizon 6, Cadenas 6, Jomuad 4.
Quartescores: 20-10; 38-26; 52-46; 74-71.
Referees: A Tabay, A. Ponla, C. Puzon