MVP frontrunner Kiefer Ravena and Best Import to prospect Bright Akhuetie gave Jumbo Plastic a double barrel headache and towed Mighty Sports to a 79-67 win at the start of their PCBL Chairman’s Cup best-of-three championship series at the jampacked Malolos Sports and Convention Center.
Ravena scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half while Akhuetie came away with another double-double performance of 18 points and 19 rebounds to shove Mighty Sports a win away form completing a Cinderella Finish.
Mighty Sports can claim the title with a win on Wednesday, 7 p.m. at the Marikina Sports Center in this event supported by Spalding, Hahn Manila, Leatherman, During’s Barbeque and Restaurant, Ambucore and LGR.
Head coach Mike Fermin said his team will definitely go all-out to finally end it in Game 2.
“Mahirap kalabanin ang Jumbo kapag umabot sa Game 3, kaya we’ll definitely go for in on Wednesday,” added Fermin.
Jumbo Plastic, the inaugural staging champion, is looking to win its second consecutive championship, but in the ongoing finals series, the Linoleum Giants found themselves as the unlikely underdog.
Against Mighty, the Linoleum Giants found themselves trailing the entire game.
A triple by Ravena in the 4:50 mark of the final period gave Mighty Sports a 72-58 lead and the team never looked back from there.
Mighty Sports dominated the battle of the boards as it grabbed 10 more rebounds than Jumbo Plastic, 52-42, 21 of this coming from the offensive boards. The new powerhouse team also drew 46 points from its starters as compared to only 29 for the Linoleum Giants.