Saturday, September 17, 2005

Phase 6A Dynasty in the making (part 2)

The next season, JP Pangilinan and Tiki Ilagan transferred to the Black team to join Juni Antonio as their tower in the middle. The Black team finished the 1996 season with a 7 - 2 record and once again Tiki Ilagan led everybody in scoring with a 32 point scoring average for the season. The finals was set with a showdown between the Black team and Blue team led by Ryan de Guzman and RJ Pangilinan. An unfortunate event plagued the Black team 2 days before the finals as their star player and leading scorer Tiki Ilagan went on a vacation with his family to the US which left JP Pangilinan to carry the team in his shoulders. The finals started with the Blue team shooting the lights out of the Black team with a 21 point lead ending the 1st half. But the 2nd half was a totally different story with JP Pangilinan shooting 7 straight 3 pointers and with Juni Antonio blocking every shot that came into the lane, the Black team was able to catch up and take the lead with Black team role player Solomon hitting a desperation 3 with the shot clock winding down. Blue team was able to tie the game with Blue team role player Chad denying JP Pangilinan the ball and with RJ Pangilinan and Ryan de Guzman doing the offensive damage. The game came down to the last shot with JP Pangilinan driving in the lane in the last 3 seconds of the game with a foul counted shot over Chad. JP Pangilinan was hitted in the face which reacted violently after falling down. JP Pangilinan kept his composure and knocked down the extra charity to finish the game. JP Pangilinan had a captivating performance with 81 points which was highlighted by his 7 straight 3 pointers in the second half which capped the most spectacular comeback in Phase 6A history and the highest individual scoring performance in Phase 6A surpassing the 79 points set by Mark dela Cruz from the previous season.


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