JV Gallego put on a virtual one-man show in the payoff period as Chiang Kai Shek College outlasted Far Eastern University, 73-67, to clinch the PCABL (Philippine Chinese Amateur Basketball League) 7th Freego Cup Saturday at the Phil. Buddhacare Academy gym in Quezon City.
In a performance reminiscent of his breakout game in the NBTC Finals, Gallego scored 17 of his game-high 27 points in the final quarter to power the Dragons to their first title in the annual pre-season tournament for high school.
He also added seven rebounds and two assists to win the Finals MVP – marking the second time he won the trophy since bagging the same award in the NBTC Finals a couple of months ago.
During the NBTC Finals, the 5-foot-10 Gallego exploded for 32 points to help CKSC beat reigning UAAP champion National University, 88-80.
The title win was the third straight for the Dragons since winning the Passarelle Division of the Milo National Twin Tournaments late last year.
Also shining for the Dragons in the tournament presented by Freego and sponsored by Smart Telecom, Jumbo Plastic Linoleum, Colt Commercial, K Tech Sports, Insular Square of Cebu and Cebu Pioneer Auto Supply were tournament MVP Jonas Tibayan and Fran Yu.
Yu scored 12 of his 16 points in the opening period that saw the Dragons take a 21-11 advantage which they gallantly protected to confirm their status as one of the most successful high school teams in the country today.
Tibayan, who tallied 12 points and seven boards, was named to the Mythical Selection along with Mapua’s Sherwin Concepcion and Daniel Aguirre, NU’s Mark Anthony Dyke, and JRU’s Mike dela Virgen.
Meantime, Adamson beat Letran, 89-84, to finish third in the tournament that drew most of the top high school teams in the country, including Ateneo and La Salle-Zobel.
“It’s another huge success and the title win of Chiang Kai Shek College showed that it has an excellent basketball program,” said tournament director Horacio Lim. “We plan to invite more teams next year.”