It was a matter of destiny waiting for the Big Three of Beton, Niño Gelig, Rodel Mallari and Eric Tamayo are all eager to finish their campaign and claim their rightful place as Premiere champs. For Kids Come Along, the loss of key players Mark Pradas and Edwin Peremne were felt as they saw themselves succumb to Beton’s overwhelming firepower in Game 1. Though shorthanded, they were determined to prove that they belong with the leadership of Francis Mercado and Arnold Calo.
The game began with both teams answering basket after basket. Kids Come Along then waxed hot and was able to lead by 16 by the middle of the 2nd quarter but Beton was quick to regroup and arrested the run my launching their counter assault to lead by 1 at the half. Beton then leaned on their ever-reliable trio to stop every attempt of Kids Come Along to stage a comeback. Though within striking distance in the fourth, KCA just couldn’t find the right antidote for Beton’s size and offensive prowess as they absorb a 12 point 86-74 drubbing in the end. Eric Tamayo was on fire to lead the champions with 25 points and was chosen as the Finals MVP while Renato Dinglasan is the Best Coach of the Season
The members of the Mythical 5 for the Premiere Division are Anthony Isip of 3 Stars and A Sun, Jojo Longalong of Lucky Seven, Khim Calo of Kids Come Along, Niño Gelig and Rodel Mallari of Beton. The MVP of the Season was Niño Gelig while Arnold Calo of Kids Come Along was chosen as the Most Defensive Player.
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