MARIANNE Tongco produced the biggest shot of her collegiate career as she steered Adamson to a thrilling 61-58 win over stubborn College of St. Benidle to clinch the 2nd Dickies-FCBL (Filipino-Chinese Basketball League)Women’s Cup championship over the weekend at the Philippine Buddhacare Academy gym in Quezon City.
Their shot clock winding down, Tongco buried the pressure-packed three-pointer that put the Lady Falcons on top for good, 59-58, with 39 seconds left in the tightly-fought game.
The Lady Blazers tried to regain the upperhand, but Jennifer Mayol’s shot was deflected by Janelle de Castro, who later sealed the win for the Freego-backed Adamson squad with a putback and sparked a wild celebration at the bench of the Lady Falcons.
De Castro emerged as the Dickies Finals MVP after finishing with 23 points in the tournament also backed by Smart Telecom, Powerhouse, CW Home Depot, Jumbo Plastic Linoleum, and Hapee. She also had 12 rebounds and two blocks to make up for the lackluster shooting of eventual MVP winner Mary Snow Penaranda.
Penaranda, who also led the Mythical Selection along with FEU’s Vangie Soriano and Camille Sambile, UST’s Mika Cortez and CEU’s Folashade Ogunsemoyin, was held to just seven points.
Also shining for Adamson, which is preparing for the coming UAAP wars, was Jinky Balasta who finished with 17 markers, including nine in the first quarter – all from the 3-point area.
Mhea dela Torre paced the Lady Blazers with 16 points.
Meantime, FEU, drawing inspired game from Soriano, beat La Salle, 48-45, to finish third.
Officials of Dickies, assisted by tournament director Horacio Lim, handed the championship trophy to the champion.
Individual winners also received medals.