14 March 2013
BUKIDNON—Cebu ’s University of the Visayas Green Lancers clobbered Jose Maria College Kings of Davao City, 77-64, Sunday night to grab the title the 65th National Students’ Basketball Championship in Don Carlos Municipal, Bukidnon province.
The CM Farm-UV Green Lancers trailed 32-30 at halftime, but ran off 13 consecutive points at the start of the third quarter to go ahead, 43-42.
The 2012 NSBC Defending Champion Jose Maria College Kings never recovered from the offensive onslaught and fell behind by as much as 21 points in the six-team tournament organized by Basketball Association of the Philippines President Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and BAP region 10 officials, led by Karl Fortich and Ruel Daba, in coordination with Don Carlos Mayor Felix Manzano and his Vice Mayor Jude Palmada.
Burly Hernan Escosio, who earned top rookie and Most Valuable Player honors for the runner-up Lancers in the 2012 CESAFI competitions, knocked in 15 points and shifty playmaker John Michael Abad tallied 13 to thrill a capacity crowd of nearly 5,000 at the Josie Marie Zubiri Astrodome.
UV’s 17-year-old Cameroon recruits Nlzelssed and Akomo combined for 17 markers. JMC was led by Martinez and Bob Ombecan with 15 points each.
Escosio and Abad were named co-Most Valuable Players of the tournament that included games being played in the towns of Dangcagan, Maramag and Quezon in this championship qualifying to the 10th Asian University Basketball Championship which will be held in September in Manila.
The Championship is held in cooperation with the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines and supported by AgriNurture Inc., San Miguel Corporation, Bestank, Healthy Options, and Cobra Energy Drink.
Cagayan de Oro College took third place with a 95-73 rout of the University of Luzon Tigers from Dagupan City.