It was a nerve-racking game when players from Mary Hill College in Lucena and De la Salle Lipa collided in the south Luzon 3 regional championships of SM-National Basketball Training Center (SM-NBTC) League at the Sentrum of De la Salle Lipa last Saturday, February 27.
The first half of the game was dominated by Mary Hill College, ending the first half with a score of 30 and 45. De la Salle Lipa trailed in as much as 24 points from Mary Hill until the fourth quarter when De la Salle Lipa took off in its pace in advancing its score. Going to the last two minutes, La Salle Lipa is already breathing at Mary Hill’s neck with only a five-point trail.
Relentless pressing defense from the back court and a sticky man to man defense ended the fourth quarter in a tied score at 73.
The five-minute deciding game showed a more impressive game among the two teams but a three pointer shot by De la Salle Lipa’s Raprap Dimayuga with two seconds on the shot clock upped the lead of De la Salle Lipa to four, thereby ending the game at 81 vs 78 in favor of De la Salle Lipa.
De la Salle Lipa will now represent the South Luzon 3 group in the national championships on March 8 at the MOA Arena.
The National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) League is the country’s breeding ground of future basketball superstars. High school teams from all over the country are pitted against each other in this tournament to find out who has the best hoops program. When Seaoil let go of their sponsorship of NBTC, SM through its SM Sports Development decided to pick up the baton.