GBL Gilas Cup 1st Conference (5’10) – The much awaited Finals between the big dogs in the league went underway last Sunday, with the Patriots carrying a twice to beat advantage. To shake off the jitters, the Patriots went to their bread and butter which was to go inside right away. Mark Morales pounced his way inside and carried the load for the Patriots. He along with Marcelo Maon’s outside sniping was the pulse of the Patriots offense.
For Tsoleyt, JC Tengco waxed hot and enabled his team to keep at pace with the Patriots. First half was close with Patriots taking a slight 38 – 32 margin.
The second half was a see saw battle as Tsoleyt managed to lurk throughout the game and eventually taking a one point lead thru John Caraig’s offensive outburst. But Ralph Christian Mangon’s composure settled his team thru his game changing playmaking. Mangon’s triple double (14 pts 13 rebs & 12 asts) with only 1 turnover was just too much for Tsoleyt. He orchestrated the offense while at the same time anchoring the defense for his team to be triumphant.
In the end the, Patriots determination and experience spelled the difference as Tsoleyt simply run out of gas in the end. NE Patriots 81 – 69 Tsoleyt.
Congratulations to both teams on a well played finals, both teams played heart but unfortunately there can only be one Champion. Patriots For The Win in U6 Division 1.
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Congratulations NE Patriots, the U6 Cup Season 4 Division 1 CHAMPIONS!