Milo Villamor waxed hot in the final quarter to lead Changes for Hope in outgunning Amirax, 97-87 in the open division 2A finals of the recently-concluded 2018 Crosstown Auto Centre-Philippine Sports Association Spring/Summer Basketball Championship at the Archbishop Romero gym.
Villamor, who top scored with 31 points, buried two triples to keep Amirax at bay, 72-60 and with teammates CJ Liwanag and Brian Leyte delivering the goods in the final minutes, their rivals could no longer catch up. The win also gave former PBA player and now coach Merwin Castelo the best coach trophy which was awarded by Crosstown Auto Centre dealer-principal Joe Medina.
In the other division final games, the Flying Eagles shaded the Gems, 90-55 (open division 1), Hanjan Restaurant stopped R. Paluca Mortgage, 67-57 (open division 2B), Traxx defeated Bolero, 75-68 (open division 2C), AMS Homes beat H&B, 93-80 (master division 1), Barako bested Gallery Dental, 78-70 (master division 2).
Medina together with PSA president Gary Perpetua awarded the trophies and medals to the winners of the tournament also supported by Quickly Premium Bubble Tea and La Bello Aesthetics. “Pagkatapos nito ay konting pahinga muna, tapos we’ll prepare for the Fall/Winter league,” said Perpetua.
Villamor was voted final’s MVP while Liwanag took the season MVP award. They both joined as members of the mythical five along with Brian Leyte, Lemuel Baui of Amirax, and Sam King of Genesis.
Clinton Richardson of the Flying Eagles won the season MVP award while Red Nacianceno was voted final’s MVP in the open division 1. Tim San Pedro emerged as best coach. The members of the mythical five are RJ Librea of Crooks, Virson Orquez of Knights, Paul Marqueses of Gems and Cyril Ashworth of X-Men.
David Navalta of Hanjan Restaurant and John Rigaton took the season and final’s MVP titles, respectively and joining the open division 2B mythical five were AJ Mapa and Pao Kintanar of R.Paluca Mortgage, Josh Parcasio of Hanjan and Jerwin Valina of Barako.
Kenjie and Kennth Espeleta were voted final’s and season MVPs, respectively in open division 2C with Nick Aboud of Quickly Premium Bubble Tea, Jordan Javier of Bolero, Andre Magtortol of Rapbeh Boyz entering the mythical five selection.
Mark Dorado of AMS Homes was voted season and final’s MVP and joining him in the mythical five honors were Floyd Eyao of Crosstown Auto, Jojo Malagum and Harold de Leon of H&B and JR Eje of Prestige Vision in the master division 1.
Jeff Corpus clinched the season MVP honors and teammate Reiner Ando of Barako bagged the final’s MVP title. SBP’s Sunday Oriaku, Gallery Dental’s Michael Gonzales and Jay Andrada joined the mythical five. And in the super master, season MVP award went to John Hufana of Buddha and final’s MVP was teammate Arturo Seril. Jojo Capistrano of Buddha, Erdz Orquez of Crosstown Auto and Quidayan of Beterano made it to the mythical five.
Medina, who spoke on behalf of the Crosstown Auto Centre, thanked the 60 teams that joined the tournament and congratulated the PSA officers and members for the successful tournament.
Photos by Moses Billacura | Alberta Filipino Journal