(MENAFN - Arab News) Friendster-2 silencer-2 the late-blooming ford al-jazeera raptors and uncle majid rice & toppings clinched titles in their respective divisions thursday during the first half of week 19 finals in the 2nd nokia-asha and 35th fba season basketball tournament at the sheraton jeddah hotel sport complex court here.
friendster-2 was way too experienced for the young jeddah united squad cruising to an 83-71 victory in the nightcap of thursday's quadruplebill that gave cris melebo's team the inter-commercial open non-rated championship crown.
friendster-2 unleashed baskets in bunches in runs bridging the second and third quarters to effectively take the fight out of jeddah united which came with a horde of supporters including the parents of players who along with their coach mohammad shobain became emotional after the game while huddled on the court with jeddah united founder obaid mahdani.
best player of the game lisztian amparado top-scored with 20 points including 12 points in the fourth quarter for friendster.
easily the surprise package of the tournament the raptors denied intrepid an 11-game title sweep by winning the game that mattered most the inter-company c final at 77-63 scoreline.
coming into the final intrepid was unbeaten in 10 games 9 in the eliminations and 1 in the knockout semifinal. but raptors were the better team on the night and the damage had been done to intrepid by the time its star player arrived in the game.
silencer 2 was likewise unbeaten in the eliminations at 7-0 forced to used up its twice-to-beat edge before winning the semifinal against new breed al shaya but then stamped its class to win the inter-company b final by 80-72 from focus ad.
francis magat's uncle majid won a thrilling game over inter-continental jeddah hotel 68-66 for the inter-hotel & restaurant division crown in the second game thursday.
noy magat scored 16 points including the last 5 points of the game to lead uncle majid elmer geniza added 12 points while anthony junsay and dula each tallied 9 points.
nokia asha is the major sponsor of the most prestigious and longest running tournament in jeddah. gulf bridge eppolight faris group house of donuts and lifestylez are co-sponsors. also coming on board as co-sponsor through branch manager jesjam abo elenin is azal world distributor of main 'n tail products popular among filipinos in the kingdom.
trophies and medals were awarded after each final game. mohamad bayoumi friend of the filipino community and recipient of the presidential banaag award attended the awarding cereremony.
the awardees are as follows:
inter-commercial open non-rated — champion friendster-2 1rst runner-up jeddah united 2nd runner-up al muhaidib 3rd runner-up avk wild boys; mythical five best guards nemitz dangao lisztian amparado (friendster) best forwards mohanned amir (jedda united) noy magat (friendster) best center hussam makdisi (jeddah united) most valuable player dangao most defensive player ahmad amir best coach-best manager cris melebo (friendster)
inter-company b — champion silencer-2 1st runner-p focus ad 2nd runner-up itc 3rd runner-up new breed al shaya; mythical five best guards suguitan dela cruz (silencer-2) best forwards hamdy (silencer-2) elmer geniza (focus ad) best center harry santiago (focus ad) mvp hamdy most defensive player anthony junsay (focus ad) best coach-best manager romy bondoc (silencer-2)
inter-company c — champion ford al jazeera raptors 1st runner-up intrepid 2nd runner-up al mabani 3rd runner-up jeddah eagles; mythical five best guards gilbert cutamura (intrepid) edmond icaualo (ford raptors) best forwards montejo (ford raptors) flores (intrepid) mvp pascua (ford raptors) most defensive player allan rey (intrepid) best coach romy cabalo best manager victoria maravilla toledo (ford raptors)
inter-hotel & restaurant — champion uncle majid 1st runner-up intercontinental jeddah hotel 2nd runner-up saudia catering third runner-up park hyatt jeddah; mythical five best guards reyes (uncle majid) canete (inter-con) best forwards noy magat dela cruz (uncle majid) best center hamdy (inter-con) mvp magat most defensive player medina (inter-con) best coach-best manager francis magat (uncle majid)