Diliman College brought down Our Lady of Fatima University, 71-66, to capture the title in the 25 yearsold and under division of the 2017 Youth Basketball Cup Summer Showdown at the DPS covered courts in Commonwealth Ave., Quezon City.
Alex Diakhite, a prized find from Africa, and Johndel Bauzon delivered the baskets that mattered most as the Dragons finished off the Phoenix before the adoring eyes of the predominantly Diliman crowd.
Diakhite, the 6-8 workhorse from Port Gentil, Gabon, powered his way to another double-double performance of 21 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. He also had four blocks and one assist.
Bauzon, who was named as Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the tournament, added 18 points, six rebounds, four blocks and one assist.
Overall, it was the third major title in two months for Diliman College of former Sen. Nikki Coseteng and player-turned champion coach Rensy Bajar.
“We’re very, very happy. This is for the school and all who have supported the team from the start,” said Bajar, who also steered the Dragons to the title in the UCBL and Fr. Martin Cup tournaments last month.
“Winning three major titles in two months is indeed a major accomplishment for the team, the coaching staff and the players. This also validates our year-long sports program,” added Bajar, a former PBA player who turned his eyes into coaching.
Bajar lauded the support of Sen. Coseteng and the Diliman College community, as well as team sponsors Jerome Ngo and Wilson Sia of Gerry’s Grill for the team’s continued success.
“We also have to share this newest triumph of the team to Sen. Cossteng and Jerome Ngo and Wilson Sia of Gerry’s Grill and all the other individuals who supported the team in their own little way,” said Bajar.
Sharing the limelight were Sto. Niño, which trounced DPS, 88-60, in the 15 years old and under category; Warriors which bested DPS, 83-79, in the 13-under class; and Warriors, which outlassed EDSCI, 81-56, in the 12-under division.
Gab Salazar topscored in Sto. Nino’s win with 27 points, six asssts and three steals.
Jared Salazar earned MVP honor with 10.6 ppg, 3.2 apg and 2.1 rog.
James Maliwat finished with 24 points, eight assists and three steals for Warriors and bagged MVP honor.
Mark Narte had 22 points, six rebounds and three blocks for the 12-under Warriors
MVP was JM Lozada, who averaged 14.5 ppg and 4.5 rpg.
The tournament is supported by sponsored by Gerry’s Grill, Pocari Sweat, Hygenix, Splash International, Tom’s World, Rebisco, Jecar, Fresh Cut Barber Shop and Jollibee.