9th straight title
BY CEDELF TUPAS
West Negros College summoned its vast championship experience
in the face of a relentless challenge from CEDAR College to record an
85-80 win Saturday for its ninth straight NOPSSCEA collegiate basketball
crown before a capacity crowd at the WNC Gym
. Reserve swingman Rundy Baydo, center Virgilio Dapar
and power forward Jason Mellarin bailed out the Mustangs with timely
baskets in the final quarter. The Cadiz-based cagers kept it close with
three-point shooting and scrappy offensive rebounding, key factors in
shocking victories over perennial contenders University of St. La Salle,
University of Negros Occidental Recoletos and Colegio San Agustin Bacolod
in the run-up to the championship match.
But the Mustangs simply had a deeper bench and the size
advantage, and the win, which completed a seven-game sweep of this year's
tournament, merely validated their dominating presence in the league.