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Glory B wins FMC Div 2 Crown

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Ateneo's Team Glory B hung tough against a talented Arellano B side to win the Fr Martin Cup Division 2 championship 107-100 on an overcast Sunday morning at the FEU Gym in R Papa.

It was a game of runs and spurts, as both sides clearly came to play hard for the title.

The B Eagles came out with an early 5-0 lead, but the B Chiefs responded soon enough. CJ Perez looked like it wold be a short morning for him, picking up two quick fouls in the opening period. Baby Beast was on-track early, taking it to the rack at every opportunity.

Arellano however showed its snappy halfcourt game, going to the low post as 6-4 center Mark Santos had his way with some nifty hook shots against the man defense of KMark Carino.

Anton Asistio found the range early from the three-point arc to make it 17-10 for the Ateneo, but 6-foot 2-guard Mike Calleta and 5-11 guard Mark Viloria responded for the Chiefs to bring them within two 20-18 to end the first period.

That set the tone for the rest of the game, with the Ateneo racing to a lead only to have Arellano rally back and stay within striking distance.

In the third period however, Glory B leaned on the scoring of Asistio, Perez, Dan Wong, and timely hits from Cole Micek and Shaggy Allmond, Jr. Asistio was having a dickens of a time trying to keep up with the tough, strong guards of Arellano, but Micek and Allmond were able to provide a stronger match-up on defense.

Big men Kris Porter, Tim Cu, and Jay Javelosa took turns manning the low blocks and the lane, and matching up against Santos and the other Arellano forwards. Javelosa however had to miss the payoff fourth period after taking a couple of knees to both thighs. Ateneo held a 79-70 advantage at the end of three quarters. At this point Asistio had already tallied 32 points, and he was not yet done.

Arellano kept trying to fight back behind Calleta, Viloria and Santos, even briefly taking the lead at 81-82 early in the fourth period.

Asistio however decided to put on a shooting clinic, giving the lead back to the Ateneo and even padding it, with help from the high-flying, all-motor rack attacks of Perez. "Parang (Gabe) Norwood, kompleto atake, medyo kelangan lang maka-develop ng jumpshot," remarked basketball legend and Arellano head coach Jerry Codinera after the game, when asked about Perez.

Arellano came within 102-100 with still a minute and change to go. Steady freethrow shooting however preserved the victory for the Ateneo.

Perez had a tournament-high 45 points, Perez added 20.

Calleta led the B Chiefs with 25 markers, with 14 from Viloria.

This is now Glory B head coach Yuri Escueta's third championship, same with Tomas Ramos and Mark Gamboa. It is the team's second title for the semester.
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