STI-WNU Takes Game 1 of NBTC-Bacolod Finals  

STI-West Negros University Junior Mustangs relied on their effective defensive plays against Bacolod Tay Tung High School Thunderbolts in the fourth quarter to snatch Game 1 of the Best-of-3 finals of the SM-National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) League last Sunday at the former’s home court.

Downed by 65-70 at the start of the final quarter, the Dennis Tumayan-mentored Junior Mustangs sparked with an 8-0 run in less than 2 minutes at the start of the final quarter to take back the control, 73-70. Aldave Dale Canoy powered his way inside the shaded area with 13 points to lead his team to a 30-17 blast while Philip John Majometaño added 8 points – including pair of triples, and Mark Bandojo connected 7 points as they seal Game 1, 95-87.

Meanwhile, only Ryan Cruz delivered the stuff for Tay Tung with 14 markers.

Junior Mustangs opened the first quarter with an early 10-5 run as John Paul Malayas sunk pair of triples while Canoy dominated the painted area as they scored 6 points each for a 19-17 lead at the end of the period. Meanwhile, Dexter Dy-coached Thunderbolts gave away 5 unforced turn-overs despite controlling the boards.

However, Tay Tung’s Matt James delivered 6 points as Cruz and Fritz Felix Valencia added 4 points apiece for their 27-22 run as they took the upper-hand at the break, 44-41. Meanwhile, Canoy carries his team with 6 points.

Thunderbolts continued to control the game in the third period with a 26-24 run behind Barrera and Cruz scoring 8 points each while Dave Agbas and Canoy combining for 15 points for STI-WNU side. Thunderbolts enjoyed a 5-point lead going into the final quarter, 70-65 but, erased by Junior Mustangs’ tight defense. Canoy spearheaded Junior Mustangs with 32 points as Bandojo nailed 15 points, Agbas added 14 points while Majometaño contributed 12 points.

Meanwhile, Cruz carried Thunderbolts’ scoring with 28 points as Barrera added 21 while Harold Alarcon was limited to 9 points – including pair of triples.

Game 2 will be today at Tay Tung’s home turf.*




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