CHIANG Kai Shek College brought San Beda College to its knees, 68-58, to clinch the second final berth and assure a new champion in the Philippine Secondary Schools Basketball Championships (PSSBC) Jumbo Plastic Linoleum Cup on Saturday at the SGS gym in Quezon City.
Jonas Tibayan led Chiang Kai Shek College’s assault, finishing with 13 points and 18 boards and got big help from Martin Galinato whose steady shooting from the free throw line helped the Blue Dragons stave off the defending champion Red Cubs' big uprising.
The Blue Dragons thus arranged a one-game face-off with the early finalists De La Salle-Zober Juniors Archers for the right to join an elite list of champions that included Hope Christian High school, San Sebastian and San Beda.
The Junior Arcgers advanced to the final after an emphatic 110-66 win over Hope Christian last Saturday in the event also sponsored by MEC Networks, Dickies Underwear, Freego, Rain or Shine, Ironcon Builders, Hapee Toothpaste and Blackwater Sports with Molten as official ball.
CKSC distracted San Beda’s offense right from the start with its pressure defense – reason why the Red Cubs were held to just nine points in the first quarter.
But just when it looked like the Blue Dragons would be cruising to a comfortable victory, the Red Cubs suddenly sprung to life with Evan Nelle leading the assault.
After making only one of his first 11 attempts, Nelle hit five straight points, including a triple to push the Red Cubs to within three, 61-58, with under two minutes to play.
But Galinato rose to the occasion with clutch free throw shooting.
Sham Banez also shone for CKSC with 10 points and nine boards while Donn Lim, Allen Toribio and Galinato combined for 25 points.
Sam Beda struggled big time, finishing with just 19-of-63 shooting from the field and were outrebounded, 67-38.