The Crusaders bagged the Philippine Expats Basketball Association (PEBA) PEBA U17 championship after beating the FPEM Young Mavericks, 52-40, November 9.
Crusaders mentor Dennis Almazan, who was also adjudged as the tournament’s best coach, has dismissed the personal accolade as he celebrated the victory by applauding his troops for playing to their full potential.
He shared, “This Best Coach Award is another addition in my display room. But what is more rewarding is the joy and pride that I feel as I see my players fulfill their dreams. I am looking forward to the day that I can tell myself that I was once a part of their basketball journey.”
The Young Mavericks got the upper hand at the half, 21-25, but they were outscored by the Crusaders in the third and fourth period.
Finals MVP Kim Rivera top scored the game with 17 markers. He was backed by Faisal Kamal and CJ Almazan with 7 points apiece.
Rivera claimed that the team’s victory is all due to teamwork and the guidance from their coach, “For me winning a championship game is the culmination of a season of training, learning, playing and hardwork,”
“Being a rookie, I am lucky that I have the whole Cruzaders team’s support and winning is always a team effort being anchored by a great coach,” he added.
Crusaders’ Boris Senar was awarded as the tournament MVP, while Josh Enriquez, Christian Hepuller, Ahmed Romer, Jade Monceda, and Geian Pepito rounded up the Mythical Five citation.
Pepito led the Young Mavericks with 13 points in a losing effort.