The Diliman College-Gerry’s Grill Blue Dragons survived AMA-Wang’s Ballclub in overtime, 66-62, to rule the 2015 Millennium Basketball League (MBL) Open Conference held at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum in Vito Cruz, Manila.
Ibrahim Quattara scored 14 points while Harley Diego contributed 13 markers to power the Blue Dragons to their first title in the league.
“This accomplishment is the result of our hard work, preparation and discipline. In Diliman, we are molding our athletes to become a better person. Attitude is important to succeed not only in sports but in life as a whole,” said Diliman College President and former Senator Nikki Coseteng.
Michael Baniaria chipped in 12 points and John Gonzales added 10 for the Blue Dragons handled by coach Rensy Bajar.
“I am so happy to win this one. It’s our first in the MBL,” said Bajar, who is also the assistant coach of the University of the Philippine Fighting Maroons in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines.
Former University of the East standout James Martinez, the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, led AMA-Wang’s Ballclub with 23 points.
Diliman College-Gerry’s Grill made it to the finals by ousting Franzie Cologne-Urban Cuts, 75-56, in the semifinals while AMA-Wang’s Ballclub earned a spot in the championship round via a close 74-72 decision over Macway Travel Club in their own Final Four match.
“I would like to commend our coaching staff for effective sports program. They are the ones doing the recruitment. They spot potential athletes and develop them. We’re not recruiting the way De La Salle University, Ateneo de Manila University are doing. We can’t afford to give luxirious offers,” Coseteng stressed.
‘Instead, we identify potential athletes and develop them,” she added.
Coseteng will be the country’s flag bearer in the prestigious 2015 Summer World University Games scheduled on July 3 to 14 in Gwangju, South Korea.