UST bags 2017 Kadayawan hoop crown

THE UNIVERSITY of Sto Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers humbled the Davao All-Star Collegiate selection, 87-76 to crown themselves as this year’s Kadayawan Invitational basketball tournament which wrapped up Sunday at the USEP gymnasium.

Playmaker Marvin Lee who was named Finals Most Valuable Player anchored the Growling Tigers with 16 points and came-up with eight assists as the Boy Sablan-coached squad came up with a 62-48 third quarter lead and never looked back.

Sablan was also named Best Coach of the tournament which was initiated by the City Sports Development Division Office-City Mayor’s Office and sanctioned by the SBP-XI chapter.

The Growling Tigers pocketed P100,000 cash and a champion trophy while the Davao All-Stars wound-up with P60,000 which was awarded after the game.

Forward Regie Basibas also had his game going for the Growling Tigers as he finished with 19 points while the pair of JP Faundo and Christian Garcia had 12 and 10 baskets, in that order. Also seeing action for UST were Jordan Sta. Ana, Oliver de Guzman, Martin Romero, Enrique Caunan, Zachy Huang, Ben Kwawukkumey, Justin Arana, Carlo Escalambre, Onzo Lorenzana, Von Soriano, Joco Macasaet and Steve Akomo.

The Davao All-Star Collegiate Selection which settled for first runner-up honors on their Kadayawan tournament debut was bannered by its cast having Nic Barera (JMC), Patrick Quidato (HCDC), Ian dela Cruz (HCDC), Ken Aguanta (DMMA), Joshua Aguilon (HCDC), Jin Mijares (JMC), James Linares (HCDC), Redyn Arellano (Agro), Jhayston Oquias (HCDC), Marion Oring (JPII), Mark Francisco (HCDC), Mar Shiekalaby (JMC), Tony Suaybaguio (JMC), Ivan San Diego (ADDU), Vincent Campo (JMC) and Dennis Villarmea (Agro) as coached by Ice Gravado and assisted by Howard Delgado, Roy Josol and Roderick Conda.

Also seeing action in the tournament were The Royal Mandaya Hotel-City Mayor’s Office De La Salle Green Archers and the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws which were suspended for a scheduled battle for third place after their hardcourt brawl which happened Friday night during the elimination round.

The organizers had stopped the match with FEU leading, 73-59, and declared a double forfeiture because of the brawl late in the third quarter. They also suspended all the players from both sides, leaving University of Santo Tomas and the Davao collegiate selection to dispute the championship on Sunday.

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