ATENEO de Davao University exacted revenge against Assumption College of Davao, scoring a 69-59 victory to rule the Flying V Junior Invitational basketball crown at the Flying V RMC Gym.
Francis Gabriel Escandor, who played despite being ill the past two games, hit two triples in an 8-0 spurt in the homestretch that secured the win for the Blue Knights after the Warriors had closed in at 56-59 at the two-minute mark.
Axel Doromal, Ateneo’s new recruit from ACD, stripped AJ Royo and streaked home for a layup to seal the win.
Ateneo de Davao’s ‘Big Three’ of Escandor, Doromal and Ion Angeles had 11 points apiece, while Chris Bacalso and Josh Barrientos added nine markers each.
“Vastly different, it’s like we had a new team playing here. Think that’s the effect of the poor showing we had in the last tournament so everyone woke up this time,” said Ateneo de Davao coach Miggy Solitaria.
BJ Sumugat had 22 points while Cris Vistal added 14 to lead the Warriors under coach Rolly Sancho.
Doromal was given the MVP title and was joined in the Mythical Five by Angeles, Royo and Sumugat along with Petdeo Cuajao, who scored 20 points in leading Holy Child College of Davao over Ford Academy of the Arts in overtime, 84-80, in the battle for third place.