Marianas Variety prevailed in the battle of champions after cruising past Lakay, 72-54, last Saturday at the Koblerville Gymnasium.
Marianas Variety pulled away in the third period en route to the 18-point winning margin in the grand finale that featured the teams that topped Groups A and B of the competition.
Prince Factor, Joshua Andrew, and Ken Viray teamed up in Marianas Variety’s assault in the pivotal third quarter after combining for 15 points. Factor knocked in two triples, while Andrew and Viray added 5 and 4 markers to turn a 34-26 halftime lead to a 59-33 advantage, going into the last canto.
After keeping Marianas Variety within striking distance in the first half, Lakay folded up in the third, making only three field goals and 7 points. Yeyel Manalo scored 4 points, while Ronaldo Bernardo chipped in 2, and Shane Deleon Guerrero had a split free throw in the penultimate-quarter meltdown.
Bernardo tried to rally back his team in the final frame with his multiple baskets, however Viray countered with his own string of field goals to keep Marianas Variety’s safe distance. Viray nailed 10 points in the fourth period against the 9 of Bernardo and the former finished with a team-high 16 points.
Andrew also recorded 16 markers for Marianas Variety, as he delivered at least one field goal in each of the four quarters. Factor recorded double figures, too with his 13, making up for a scoreless first canto. Factor’s younger brother, Angelo and Melvin Villarin combined for 14 more points for the league’s overall champion.
Bernardo led all scorers with his 25 points, but clearly lacked support from his teammates, as only Manalo chipped in more than two field goals for Lakay after registering 14 points. Renren Gaviola had a quiet 5 points and was scoreless in the first and third periods, while Deleon Guerrero logged only one field goal and finished with 4 markers.
Marianas Variety 72—Andrew 16, Viray 16, P. Factor 13, Villarin 8, A. Factor 6, Quan 3, Standish 3, Younis 2, Babauta 2.
Lakay 54—Bernardo 25, Manalo 14, Gaviola 5, Deleon Guerrero 4, Alegre 2, Camacho 1.
Scoring by quarters: 11-11, 34-26, 59-33, 72-54.