FIRESTOP-Starmobile completed its dominant run in the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Manila Basketball League Tournament by sweeping Honda-Bobson in their best-of-three title series at the Niagara gym in Caloocan City.
With Nestor Ng Jr. at the helm, Firestop-Starmobile scored a thrilling 85-78 win over Honda-Bobson in Game Two to complete the first-ever sweep in the long-running tournament.
“I'm very happy that finally we're able to find the right formula to win the championship,” said team owner JJ Dequito. “The title sweep was a result of the team's dedication and commitment. I congratulate all the participating teams and the sports committee for a successful season.”
Ng was later named Finals MVP for the Lester del Rosario-mentored squad which advanced to the finals by beating FR Sevilla-Harrix. Del Rosario was ably assisted by Melo Navarro.
JCI Manila is an eight-time best chapter in the world.
Aside from Firestop – the nation’s leader in fire protection innovation – other teams that took part were Avery Dennison-Kopiroti, Delta Plus, Henry's-K-Plast, Hombre-Republika, One Tagaytay Place, Quadcore, and Metroasia-Palarca Law.
Other members of the team co-owned by Uly Lao and managed by Lexington Chua are JR Ng, Jeff Ang, Dr. Rich Pasion, Steve Siy, Dr. Dino Vargas, Atty. Jop Esquivias, JP Cruz, Dick Escalona, Don Coeli, Carlo Villegas, Judd Reyes, Aaron Sy, Chris So, Ervinne Que, Earl Yu and Randy Manaloto.