Unheralded Jose Maria College (JMC) - Davao City edged Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) - Manila, 80-78, in overtime to secure the collegiate crown in this tournament supported by CSI Mall, Bestank, AgriNurture Inc (ANI), Healthy Options, Sinmag Machine and Universal Dragon Seeds Corporation and in cooperation with Dagupan City Vice-Mayor Belen Fernandez, the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) Regional 1 director; BAP Regional Project Director Luis "Chito" Samson of University of Luzon; Renato "Jack" Vidal, Chairman of the Board for BAP Regional 1; Noel Osting, BAP Regional 1 Board member; and Seato Gonimil, the assistant secretary-general of the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (FESSAP).
However, JMC, which is operated by Pastor Apollo Quiboloy and mentored by Dong Cagampang and his assistants Dindo Pastor and Nick Serafica, put together an 8-0 run to regain a 67-64 edge.
After King star Joshua Adalid struck for a twinner with barely a minute left for a 69-66 JMC lead, the Generals’ Jan Jamon struck for five consecutive points, including a three-point play, to go ahead, 71-69, with 16 ticks remaining.
Two free throws by burly EAC frontliner Francis Cutin two seconds later deadlocked the count at 71-all and sent the game into a five-minute extension.
EAC was ahead, 75-74, on a putback by Jamon when JMC scored six consecutive points, including a three by Adalid, to take the upperhand, 80-75, with 10 seconds left. Jamon knocked in a triple at the buzzer to finalize the score.
JMC, which was also supported by Judge Jaime Quitain, the BAP Regional 11 director, was powered by Joshua Adalid, who chalked up 16 points and earned Most Valuable Player honors in the process. Three other Kings scored in double digits – John Philip Refuerzo, 13, Reynaldo Casanillo, 12; and Bob Ombecan, 10.
EAC, which also dropped a 76-72 decision to JMC during their elimination-round encounter, got 19 points from Jamon, 15 from Ralph Sanchez, and 12 from South Africa Cameron’s center Noube Happi.
The Kings took home the championship hardware donated by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, the BAP president, and earned the right to represent the country in the 9th Asian University Basketball Championship (AUBC) to be held in July in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
In the third-place contest, the Bonnie Tan-coached Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates crushed the Roehl Gomez-mentored University of Cebu Webmasters, 63-45.
Earlier, Assumption College-Davao defeated Malay Boracay National High School-Aklan, 69-55, to capture the high school crown.