ILOILO CITY - The SBP squad of the Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu bagged the SBP crown in the 32nd SBP Passerelle Twin Tournament in the Visayas Regional Finals with a dominant 57-43 victory over St. John’s Institute (SJI) of Bacolod on Sunday at the Iloilo Sports Complex in Iloilo City.
Ateneo de Cebu banked on a great start to establish a sizable lead, before ending with a 13-2 bang to upend SJI and earn a spot in the national finals this December.
Kristian Porter sparked the Cebuanos’ uprising in the first by scoring 11 points to push them ahead, 18-6. Jared Bahay then took over in the second, pumping in 12 markers to extend Ateneo de Cebu’s lead to 30-14.
SJI fought back in the ensuing canto and sliced Ateneo de Cebu’s lead to seven, 34-27, but Dylan Lim quickly doused the raging fire with four straight points to give his squad a 38-27 lead heading to the final canto.
SJI continued on the comeback trail and were within eight, 30-38, before Ateneo de Cebu stamped their class with a huge 13-2 blast anchored on the potent scoring of Porter, Bahay, Joash Cutamora and Vince Suico to give them their biggest lead of the game at 51-32.
Porter, the younger brother of current Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagle big man Kris Porter, led Ateneo de Cebu in scoring with 19 points while Bahay backed him up with 14.
Dylan Despi and Christian Yap were the high-point men for SJI with 12 and 11, respectively.
In the Passerelle division, Hua Siong College of Iloilo edged Bacolod Tay Tung High School, 57-53, to earn the crown.