Pam­panga Team Delta cap­tures Chooks-NBTC Di­vi­sion 2 crown

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(St. Au­gus­tine In­sti­tute) pulled off a 91-90 win over Lyceum-Cavite in the Chooks to Go-NBTC Na­tional Fi­nals Di­vi­sion II at the Mall of Asia Arena re­cently.

Lyceum was ahead Bri­anne 90-88 with 3.3 sec­onds An gel es. re­main­ing. The An­ge­les re­placed team's stun­ning win Ja­cob Delfino, who over Lyceum leaned had 16 points, 2 as­sists, on the hero­ics of sel­dom-used and 2 steals in the game but fouled out of the con­test.

He stunned a win­ning shot as he drew a foul, knocked down the first free throw, missed the sec­ond and out-re­bounded ev­ery­one and nailed the go-ahead bas­ket which clinched the game, 91-90.

The Best De­fen­sive Player and Most Valu­able Player of Di­vi­sion II were also from the team, Jolo Manansala and Jian Quiambao, re­spec­tively.

Quiambao, who also fouled out from the game with 1:53 left, fin­ished with 27 points, high­lighted by four 3-point­ers, and 11 re­bounds. He also led the Di­vi­sion II Myth­i­cal Team while Manansala, had 8 mark­ers and 20 boar ds.

Mean­while, Carlo Fer­reras and Han Nic­dao added 15 points apiece and a com­bined 10 re­bounds.

The Ka­pam­pan­gan play­ers de­feated Zam­boanga Del Sur NHS-Pa­gad­uan, First City Prov­i­den­tial Col­lege-Bu­la­can and Proudly Pi­noy-Italy be­fore reach­ing the fi­nals stage.

More­over, Trinidad, the head coach, who stayed calm un­der pres­sure dur­ing the whole game, said that "My play­ers showed that teams from prov­inces can also win here. We are not from Manila but we also de­serve to win."

"Ac­tu­ally, even though the op­po­nents were ahead, we were say­ing, don't give up un­til the fi­nal buzzer," the head coach added.

Other play­ers from the team are Brix Pas­sion, Renz Si­son, Arthur Roque, Joshua Mi­clat, Joshua Lumba, Joshua Fed­er­son, Charles Lustina, Hanz La­puz and Kyle Re­gala.

Gov­er­nor Lilia “Nanay” Pineda and Vice Gov­er­nor Den­nis “Delta” Pineda with Fourth District Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Juan Pablo “Rimpy” Bon­doc and Sang­gu­ni­ang Pan­lalaw­igan mem­bers, con­grat­u­lated the play­ers, as well as coaches Trinidad, Pedic Di­mat­u­lac and To­toy Mar­quez.

Vice-Gov­er­nor Pineda also vowed to them that he will con­tinue to strengthen the sports devel­op­ment in the prov­ince.

In this way, ac­cord­ing to the younger Pineda, in­stead of do­ing vices, the youth's time and at­ten­tion are di­verted to sports.--- Leah Isidro De Fi­esta/ Pam­panga PIO

DI­VI­SION CHAMPS. Gov. Lilia 'Nanay' Pineda and Vice-Gov. Den­nis 'Delta' Pineda with coaches Alan Trinidad and To­toy Mar­quez and Pam­panga Team Delta (St. Au­gus­tine In­sti­tute) who won the Di­vi­sion 2 Cham­pi­onship in the 2019 NBTC Na­tional Fi­nals.---Jun Jaso/ Pam­panga PIO

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