St. Augustine Institute-Pampanga pulled off a stunning 91-90 win over Lyceum-Cavite to take home the Chooks-to-Go NBTC Division 2 championship Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
"My players showed that not only teams in Manila can win here. We are from the province and we also deserve to win," St. Augustine coach Allan Trinidad said.
Brianne Angeles, who only entered the court in the last 17 seconds of the contest, emerged as the unlikely hero for the Pampanga squad.
Lyceum was ahead 90-88 with 3.3 seconds remaining when Angeles drew a foul. He knocked down the first free throw but missed the second.
With great presence of mind, Angeles out-rebounded everyone and nailed the go-ahead basket that clinched the game.
"I was confident in myself that if coach would field me in, I would do my job," Angeles said in Filipino. "I was really nervous but I'm really happy that the last shot went in."
Finals MVP Jiam Quiambao fouled out with 1:53 left after unleashing 27 points, highlighted by four 3-pointers, to go with 11 rebounds.
"Even if I was gone from the game, I'm thankful that my teammates continued to give their support. I'm thanking Brianne because he shot the basket in the end," said Quiambao.
Jacob Delfino was also instrumental in the win as he delivered 16 points, two assists, and two steals. Carlos Ferreras and Han Nicdao added 15 points apiece and a combined 10 rebounds.
The Kapampangans had to defeat Zamboanga del Sur NHS-Pagadian, First City Providential College-Bulacan, and Proudly Pinoy-Italy to reach the finals stage.
Jae Omandac paced Lyceum with 22 points, six rebounds, and three assists in the loss. John Barba put up 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Gyle Montano had 14 markers and 17 boards.
Quiambao led the Division 2 Mythical Team, joined by Barba, McLaude Guadana of Lyceum, Ednor Akad of Holy Trinity College-General Santos, and Chiolo Anonuevo of Proudly Pinoy.
ST. AUGUSTINE-PAMPANGA 91 -- Quiambao 28, Delfino 16, Ferreras 15, Nicdao 15, Manansala 8, Lumba 4, Angeles 3, Miclat 2, Lustina 0, Sison 0.
LYCEUM-CAVITE 90 -- Omandac 22, Barba 18, Montano 14, Guadana 12, Tulabut 8, Nocal 8, Cuevas 3, Figueroa 3, Dejelo 2, Gudmalin 0, Clemente 0, Ragasa 0. QUARTER SCORES: 19-17, 39-42, 61-72, 91-90.