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THE Zamboanga Sibugay Anak Warriors hoisted the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup Mindanao Challenge championship with a tough 89-80 overtime win over the resilient BYB Kapatagan at the Pagadian City gym.
Aside from the championship, Zamboanga Sibugay also bagged a whopping P500,000 after a surprise announcement by Chooks-to-Go president Ronald Mascariñas.
“We waited until Game 2 to announce it as a gift for the players,” said Mascariñas, a native of Butuan City. “This is our gift to the players this Christmas.”
Former Cesafi MVP Jaybie Mantilla bolstered his stock as he was named Finals MVP after averaging 18.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.0 steals and 2.5 assists in two matches. He helped push the Warriors to the victory in Game 2 with an all-around performance of 18 points, 11 rebounds, four steals and three assists.
Ahead by just a point in extra period, Jan Jamon shot in a triple to give Zamboanga Sibugay a four-point lead with 2:15 to go, 84-80. Then on the ensuing play, Mantilla drained a booming trey at the top of the key for the dagger with 1:34 remaining, 87-80.
Kapatagan was held field goal-less in overtime with a free throw by Jonel Bonganciso being their lone conversion.
The Warriors climbed back from an eight-point hole midway through the fourth quarter with 11 straight points, capped by Shaq Imperial’s three-pointer to give his side a three-point lead, 79-76, with 18.6 seconds left.
But Jun Daanoy answered back with his own triple on the other end to knot the match at 79 with 11.6 ticks to go.
With a chance to win the game, Mantilla threw a wild shot that went awry. Enrique Caunan was there for the offensive board, but he missed the point-blank shot that could have won the game.
A brawl ensued at the 4:31 mark of the second quarter after a physical rebounding battle between Edrian Lao and Cris Dumapig, where the latter elbowed the former which resulted in a brawl.
Gayford Rodriguez, Richmond Bersabal and Michole Sorela, along with Lao and Dumapig, were all thrown out of the match due to their participation in the brawl.
Jamon topscored for the Warriors with 25 points and four steals, while Sorela had an early heater with 12 points.
KD Ariar led the Buffalos with 21 points and four rebounds, while Garexx Puerto had 20 points, all in the first half, and nine rebounds.
Kapatagan did not go home empty-handed, getting P100,000 from Chooks-to-Go as well.
Zamboanga Sibugay also donated P100,000 to the Buffalos as most of the players of the runner-up team are from Cebu, heavily damaged by typhoon Odette.