CHIANG Kai Shek College and National University-A will collide for the Seaoil NBTC National High School Championship crown after hurdling separate rivals on Saturday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
Seaoil Extreme 95-Chiang Kai Shek downed Hua Siong College-Smart Iloilo, 74-52, while NU-A-Seaoil Extreme Diesel downed Sacred Heart School-Maynilad Cebu, 87-73, in the semifinal round to set-up an all-Metro Manila showdown for the crown.
The Blue Dragons-Bullpups Division 1 finals match-up is set at 10 a.m. on at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig followed by the High School All-Star Game at 12 p.m. where some of the best high school players in the country will see action.
The Blue Dragons pulled away in the third quarter after outscoring the Iloilo-based cagers, 24-8.
Mohammed Salim finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds as JV Gallego added 21 points for the Blue Dragons, who topped the qualifying tournament Metro Manila Basketball League after the postponement of the 2014 Metro Manila Tiong Lian Basketball Association season.
“We emphasized winning so we want to show the community and the country that Chiang Kai basketball is here,” said CKSC coach Goldwin Monteverde.
Top UAAP prospect Hubert Cani scored 16 while John Paul Cauilan tallied 15 points and nine rebounds for the Bullpups, whose core won the UAAP Season 76 title last year.
NU coach Jeff Napa said the team is determined to win the Seaoil NBTC crown for the current batch of players.
“Siyempre prestigious ito dahil buong Pilipinas ito. Last game na rin ng batch na ito kaya mas maganda na mag-champion uli kami ng second title bago kami maghiwa-hiwalay,” said Napa.
The Tiong Lian-based Chiang Kai Shek cagers trounced University of San Carlos-Cebu, 76-66, in the quarterfinal round of the event that serves as the grassroots development program of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.
NU-A beat Southern City College of Zamboanga, 82-39, in the quarterfinals of the tournament also backed by the MVP Sports Foundation, Meralco, Smart, NLEX, Maynilad, Philex, Philippine Star and Molten.