MANILA, Philippines—Crew Tarlac claimed the 2023 Good-NBTC Nationwide Finals Division 2 championship with a come-from-behind win over Royal Buying and selling Star Don Bosco-Dumaguete, 86-84, at Mall of Asia enviornment on Sunday.
Don Bosco-Dumaguete led by as a lot as 20 factors within the first half earlier than Crew Tarlac had a masterclass second half to notch town’s first-ever NBTC crown.
“I informed them, within the third quarter, we must always at the very least convey the deficit down to 10 however we fell in love with the three-point line. They didn’t need to assault, all of them needed to shoot triples and so they didn’t play as a staff. Once we led early, they obtained an excessive amount of confidence,” Crew Tarlac coach Julius Dela Vega mentioned.
“I informed them that we have to play as a staff. If considered one of them assaults, all of us assault.”
Russell Jay Liwanag contributed 18 factors whereas Jahmir Adrian Eligado chipped in 16 for Crew Tarlac.
Don Bosco led by only one, 77-76, when Earl Sapasap escaped with a breakaway layup to spark Tarlac’s 6-1 spurt to take a pivotal 82-78 benefit with 2:56 minutes remaining.
Equipment Bonus sealed the deal for Tarlac, 86-82, with 42 ticks left. Bonus got here away with 21 factors, 4 rebounds, 5 steals and three blocks.
Trailing, 59-39, on the intermission, Crew Tarlac restricted Don Bosco to only 5 factors within the third quarter, establishing a nip-and-tuck payoff interval.
Matthew Jucom led all scorers with 25 factors for Don Bosco whereas MJ Hendric Vailoces and Jay Stephen Garupil added 16 and 15 factors, respectively. John Mycco Deposoy and Cary Bruce Aure tallied 10 factors every in a shedding effort.
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