Chiang Kai Shek College blitzed Adamson early and cruised to an 86-67 romp to capture the 9th PCABL (Philippine Chinese Amateur Basketball League) Freego Cup crown over the weekend at the Buddhacare Academy gym in Quezon City.
John Galinato and Carl Luciano presided over the team’s torrid start as the CKSC Blue Dragons took a 25-16 advantage at the close of the first quarter, before padding their lead to 27 points (52-25) at halftime.
The Baby Falcons, though, fought back at the break as Jason Celis scattered 12 of his game-high 26 points in the third to help cut the lead of Blue Dragons down to 18, 68-50, going to the final 10 minutes of play.
But Luciano took over in the final period, scoring eight of his team-high 19 points to help repel Adamson’s rally.
CKSC’s title win was its first in the pre-season tournament also supported by Smart, Jumbo Plastic Linoleum, Hapee Toothpaste, Insular Square (Cebu), and New Pioneer Auto Supply (Cebu).
Luciano also grabbed 16 boards to end up with a double-double and was was named Finals MVP, while comprising the Mythical Five were Arellano’s Carlo Abadeza, NU’s John Clemente, UP’s Juan Gomez de Lliano, La Salle Greenhills’ Troy Mallilin and Lyceum’s Makki Santos.
Tournament Director Horacio Lim credited the success of the pre-season tournament to the continued support of Freego through Eduard Tio and other supporters like Smart, Jumbo Plastic Linoleum, Hapee Toothpaste, Insular Square (Cebu), and New Pioneer Auto Supply (Cebu).
Meanwhile, reigning UAAP juniors champion National University salvaged some measure of respect by downing La Salle Greenhills, 89-66, in the battle for third place – thanks to Clemente and Rhayyan Amsali, who scored 14 and 11 points, respectively.