Cool Kids Only survived Ball So Hard, winning the deciding Game 2, 34-32, in the championship round of the 2012 Kanoa Resort 3-on-3 Co-ed Basketball Tournament last Wednesday at the Gillette Multipurpose Gymnasium.
Erick Dela Rosa scored 12 points in the do-or-die match, including 6 of their last 8 points that helped Cool Kids Only secure the win. Rachel Abrams and Madeleine Alegre also finished in twin digits, as they recorded 10 markers apiece with the former drilling the insurance basket in the end.
Cool Kids Only, which was undefeated going into the finals to earn a twice-to-beat advantage in the title duel, was forced to play Game 2 after Ball So Hard escaped with a 30-29 win in Game 1.
Actually, Ball So Hard almost lost the championship right away in the first game, as it had only two players at the playing venue with only a few minutes left before the forfeit time elapsed. Lily Williams then made it just in time to join Kaylani Lebria and Jack Aranda.
The three-player Ball So Hard crew went on to take control of the first half of Game 1, as Cool Kids Only appeared so tired after warming up too much, while waiting for its foe to arrive. Lebria got her outside shots falling and scored 11 points in the first half to lift Ball So Hard to a 17-11 lead.
Cool Kids Only then tried to recover in the second half, but fell short after Jaymark De Guzman showed up in the final frame and together with Lebria and Williams, they canned clutch baskets in the homestretch. Lebria went on to top-scored for Ball so Hard in Game 1 with her 13 points, while Williams added 12.
However, in Game 2, the two Ball So Hard players were held to single digits, while Abrams and Alegre used their ceiling to pile up points and help Dela Rosa save Cool So Kids.
Ball So Hard 30 – Lebria 13, Williams 12, De Guzman 5.
Cool Kids Only 29 – Dela Rosa 11, Abrams 7, Pagarao 6, Alegre 5.
Scoring by halves: 17-11, 30-29.
Cool Kids Only 34 – Dela Rosa 12, Abrams 10, Alegre 10, Pagarao.
Ball So Hard 32 – De Guzman 11, Lebria 8, Aranda 7, Williams 6.
Scoring by quarters: 18-20, 34-32.