Teary-eyed Cebu head coach Rommel Rasmo thanked the crowd for its immense support, saying that the victory will be the start of Central Visayas' dominance in basketball.
"We can compete now. We know we can beat NCR," the ecstatic mentor shared. "We'll use this as motivation for next year."
Central Visayas only finished 5th last year, enduring a stinging setback in the quarters at the expense of the very same region they outclassed today.
Parading a retooled roster this year, the host squad overcome all the obstacles and won it all.
“I am very proud [of my players], especially the seniors. We gave glory to our hometown,” Rasmo added.
NCR gunners Renzo Subido and Lorenzo Navarro, who both exploded in the semifinal victory over Calabarzon, were nowhere to be found in the all-important championship game.
The backcourt tandem only combined for a paltry seven points, as Subido was held without a single field goal, missed his first four free throws and even air-balled a long jumper in the fourth quarter.
Earlier today, Calabarzon banked on athletic big man Javee Mocon’s 18 points en route to a 100-61 win against Western Visayas in the bronze medal game. - with reports from Michael Angelo Jugado/Rappler.com