Team Walang Forever was a pre-season underdog. While the team surprised a lot of teams and fans in the regular season with some big wins, most league experts picked other teams to win it all. The team actually won just 8 games with 5 losses going into the postseason, which was enough to give them the last seat for the postseason as they ranked 6th. Playing with a huge chip on their shoulders, they’re now proving that it’s more than enough for them as they’re now showing their true strength.
Quarterfinals Matchup Against Brgy. Oliks
Up first for Walang Forever is the powerhouse, Brgy. Oliks. Walang Forever was the obvious underdog as Brgy. Oliks was the 3rd ranked team and boasted of one of the deepest lineups in the league. Showing up with just 5 players, Walang Forever became more of an underdog, but bannered around their big man Dele Olotu, Walang Forever booted Brgy. Oliks out of the postseason thanks to a Dennis Sombrano game-winner.
Semifinals Matchup Against the Lions
Walang Forever was oozing with confidence even if they were up against the league-leading Lions. The Lions, owing to a semis bye, was rusty the first 3 quarters as they missed shots that they normally make. Walang Forever pounced on the opportunity and showed how they’re a match-up nightmare for the Lions, even leading the Lions by 11 points at one point.
Playing zone, Walang Forever took advantage and made it rain from rainbow country. Bannered by the hot-shooting Christopher Sombrano who made a total of 5 threes, the Walang Forever team made a total of 8 threes.
The Lions switched to a man to man defense at the half to cover the three point shooters of Walang Forever. This was the opportunity that big man Dele Olotu was waiting for as no one in the Lions team who were missing two key big men was able to match up with him on the defensive side.
The Lions actually played good defense overall as shown by the low scores. It was their defense who almost helped them steal the game as they rallied from 11 points down to just a point behind after some timely stops in the 4th quarter and quick conversions on the offensive side. Unfortunately for the Lions, the swarming defense of Walang Forever during the last 7 seconds of the game prevented the Lions from pulling the rug from under them. Walang Forever held on to win, 74-73.
With Alex Decella, Roniel Pasahol, Dennis Sombrano and Dino Cobarrubias providing support to top scorers Dele Olotu (38 points) and Christopher Sombrano (19 points), Walang Forever was the obvious better team during this semifinals matchup as they booted the Lions out of contention.
At halftime, Lions small forward Navin Magnaye was awarded regular season MVP for averaging 32.33 points per game and leading the Lions to an 11-2 regular season record.
Finals note: Walang Forever will face 2nd ranked Shirtdeck Basketball for the Finals. Shirtdeck Basketball beat Medix by default in the other semifinals pairing.