Boom Generals repeats as Champions in the Women’s Division of the PIBAQ Ambassador Cup 2018 as they kept control of their finals match against Kids Come Along.
It was an intense game right from the start as Boom Generals tried to shake off Kids Come Along from their tail early, but the aggressive defense of KCA kept Boom’s do-it-all point guard, Pamela Barrozo from getting her groove. Realizing that the focus of KCA’s defense was on Barrozo, Boom went to their other starters for scoring as they abused KCA’s lack of ceiling and weak post defenders; while depending on their impenetrable duo of Maricar Gaviola and Maybelle Zayas in protecting the rim and picking offensive rebounds. But a series of turnovers by Boom that turned to a couple of field goals by KCA’s Abby Masangkay enabled them to trim Boom’s lead to just a point to end the first half.
In the start of the third quarter, Boom’s dynamic duo of Pamela Barrozo and Menie Buyante ignited a 10-2 run that gave them some breathing room. KCA then retaliated with timely baskets by Kimmy Del Mundo and Lee Atendido, though their early penalty situation caused them problems on the defensive end as they tend to avoid contact which Boom took advantage of and ended the quarter with a buzzer beater by Ruby Maata to give Boom Generals an 8-point lead going to the final quarter.
The fourth quarter saw the championship experience of Boom Generals in play as they steadily controlled the boards, stopped each attempt of Kids Come Along to get back and used the clock to their advantage. KCA’s lack of bench depth also forced their starters to play extended minutes and fatigue was now evident as they went dry on offense for a span of four minutes as Boom Generals ended the game with a 10-point, 61-51 win to claim the crown for the second time in a row, with Pamela Riza Barrozo being chosen as the Finals MVP.
The Mythical Five awards for the PIBAQ Ambassador Cup 2018 went to Cristina Padilla of D’Skipperz, Agatha Panganiban of K-Tropa, Sherry Mae Pinco of Thalia Falcons, Kimmy Del Mundo of Kids Come Along and Pamela Riza Barrozo of Boom Generals. The Most Defensive Player award went to Arnie Vitug of Kids Come Along who was the first player in the Women’s Division to average double-double in points and rebounds during the elimination rounds. The Most Valuable Player award went to Pamela Riza Barrozo as she led the division in points with an average of 16 points per game. While the Best Coach was given to Coach John Raymond Sosing of Boom Generals for leading his team to a second perfect conference in a row.