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.

 

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