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A group of men posing for a photo with balloons celebrate their victory as Basilan Peace Riders sweeps KCS-Mandaue to win the VisMin Super Cup Southern title.

Basilan Peace Riders sweeps KCS-Mandaue to win VisMin Super Cup Southern title

The Jumbo Plastic-Basilan Peace Riders completed a perfect run through the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup as they swept the KCS Computer Specialist-Mandaue with an 83-65 win in Game Two of the Southern Finals on Friday night at the Pagadian City Gymnasium.

KCS was able to keep in step with Basilan in the first period, coming away with a 23-20 lead after the first 10 minutes of action. However, Basilan turned their game up another notch in the second and outscored KCS, 23-7, to take a 43-30 halftime lead.

The Mindanao leg champions then blew the game wide open in the third, which they opened with a massive 15-0 run to raise their lead to a whopping 28 points, 58-30.

KCS showed some signs of life as they opened the fourth period with 10 straight points to pull to within 14, 52-66. However, they could not gain any more headway until the final buzzer.

“Talagang napakasarap nitong championship na ito kasi ang hirap ng basketball ngayong pandemic. We are fortunate na na nakakapaglaro kami pero now na nag champion tapos na 13-0 pa, it’s on a whole another level,” said Basilan head coach Jerson Cabiltes.

Jay Collado led Basilan with 15 points and four rebounds while Michael Juico put up 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Michael Mabulac continued his dominance inside the shaded lane as he compiled a double-double of 13 points and 14 rebounds.

Michael Mabulac and Jay Collado shared the Finals MVP award. / Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas

Both Mabulac and Collado were named the co-Finals Most Valuable Players as well. The former boasted averages of 12.3 points, 11. 3 rebounds, and 1.7 assists, while the latter had 12 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in three games.

Gileant Delator paced the Visayas rulers with 14 points and five steals. Monic Soliva got 13 points while Steve Castro chipped in 10.

Rhaffy Octobre, who had 27 points yesterday, was limited to just two points in 13 minutes of action, dealing with foul trouble all through the game.

Basilan’s Michael Mabulac and KCS’ Rhaffy Octobre battle for position inside. / Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas

Besides the honor of being the first-ever Southern champions, Basilan also bagged P1-million courtesy of Chooks-to-Go and the league which is on top of the P500,000 it won in the Mindanao Leg.

KCS, on the other hand, will go home with P500,000.

The Scores:

Basilan 83 – Collado 15, Juico 14, Mabulac 13, Baloria 13, Uyloan 6, Gabo 6, Manalang 6, Taganas 2, Saliddin 2, Bitoon 2, Siruma 2, Balucanag 0, Bringas 0, Tan 0.

Mandaue 65 – Delator 14, Soliva 13, Castro 10, Bregondo 8, Roncal 7, Gastador 4, Imperial 3, Octobre 2, Nalos 2, Mercader 1, Cachuela 1.

Quarterscores: 20-23, 43-30, 66-42, 83-65.