LYCEUM-Cavite and St. Augustine Institute-Pampanga arranged a championship match-up after hurdling their respective opponents in the Fearless Four of the 2019 Chooks To Go-NBTC League National Finals Presented By SM Division 2 on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
LPU-Cavite defeated Holy Trinity College-General Santos, 114-94, while St. Augustine Institute-Pampanga won over Italy Europe Proudly Pinoy, 88-74, to advance into the Division 2 championship game on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
John Barba led the way for the Junior Pirates, contributing 28 points and 11 rebounds, while McLaude Guadana had 24 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists for LPU, which outscored HTC, 48-38, in the second half.
LPU survived the exploits of McTrol Crisostomo, who scored 29 points including five three-pointers in the Fearless Four match of the national championship for high school presented by Chooks-to-Go, Darlington-Exped Socks, EPSON, Huawei, Freego, Purefoods, Gatorade, Go for Gold, SM, Molten, and presented by 5Plus and Lighthouse Events.
Jiam Quiambao contributed 30 points and 11 rebounds, while also getting contributions from Carlos Ferraras, who added 22 points for Pampanga.
Cholo Anonuevo had 27 points for Italy in its first appearance in the NBTC League National Finals.
Meanwhile, the NBTC All-Star Game Division 1 will be played on Saturday, 3 p.m. at the Mall of Asia Arena with Team Hustle coached by Chris Gavina taking on Team Heart to be mentored by Charles Tiu.
Kai Sotto of Ateneo and Joel Cagulangan of La Salle Greenhills will be the team captains for the match.
An All-Star Game for Division 2 is also slated at 12 noon, while side events will also be held at 2 p.m.