BRIANNE Angeles turned out to be a "magic bunot" in every sense of the word, playing for only 10 seconds yet making the biggest impact for St. Augustine Institute-Pampanga in a 91-90 triumph over Lyceum-Cavite on Sunday that gave it the 2019 Chooks-to-Go NBTC League Division 2 Championship.
With the Kapampangans already without top players Jiam Quiambao, Jacob Delfino, and Hans Nicdao in the clutch, Angeles made his first free throw with 3.3 seconds left, missed his second, but secured the offensive board and scored the go-ahead bucket with a second to spare in the thriller at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Junior Pirates still had a chance to steal the game, but Jae Omandac's inbound pass to Mac Guadana sailed out of bounds as time expired.
Angeles' three points were his only contributions for St. Augustine-Pampanga, yet those proved to be the biggest buckets of the game as his side completed an audacious fightback from nine points down in the fourth quarter.
"Kumpyansa po talaga ako sa sarili ko na kung ipapasok ako nila coach, gagawin ko lang trabaho ko," he said. "Kabado po ako pero sobrang saya po nung na-shoot ko yung dulo."
Quiambao, who was hailed as the Finals MVP for Division 2, finished with 28 points and 11 rebounds to cap off his sensational campaign in this NBTC.
Delfino added 16 points, two assists, and two steals; Carlos Ferreras got 15 points and six boards, and three dimes; and Nicdao got 15 points and four rebounds.
Jolo Manansala also corralled eight points, 20 rebounds, and four blocks in the Finals to be hailed as the Best Defensive Player for Division 2.
"Kahit lamang yung kalaban, sinasabi namin, 'Don’t give up until final buzzer.' Talagang nagpakahirap sila until the final buzzer at pinapakita nilang hindi lang teams sa Manila pwedeng manalo rito. We are from the province, may karapatan din kaming manalo," said Pampanga coach Allan Trinidad.
Omandac paced Lyceum-Cavite with 22 points on a 4-of-6 shooting from downtown, to go with six rebounds.
Mythical Team member John Barba, who poured 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Guadana, who had 12 points, six boards, five assists, and two steals, also made valuable contributions for the Junior Pirates.
Ednor Akad of Holy Trinity College-General Santos and Cholo Anonuevo round out the Division 2 Mythical Team.
PAMPANGA 91 - Quiambao 28, Delfino 16, Ferreras 15, Nicdao 15, Manansala 8, Lumba 4, Angeles 3, Miclat 2, Lustina 0, Sison 0.
CAVITE 90 - Omandac 22, Barba 18, Montano 14, Guadana 12, Tulabut 8, Nocal 8, Cuevas 3, Figueroa 3, Dejelo 2, Gudmalin 0, Clemente 0, Ragasa 0.
Quarters: 19-17, 39-42, 61-72, 91-90.