Truck N’ Trail blasts Sherilin Plastics to bag MCBL champion’s trophy

By: Glendale G. Rosal - Multimedia Correspondent - CDN Digital | August 22,2022 - 05:38 PM
Truck N' Trail's players and team officials along with MCBL officials pose for a group photo during the awarding ceremony at the City Sports Club Cebu. | 📷: MCBL

Truck N’ Trail’s players and team officials along with MCBL officials pose for a group photo during the awarding ceremony at the City Sports Club Cebu. | 📷: MCBL

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Truck N’ Trail emerged as the Metro Cebu Basketball League (MCBL) Season 6 overall champions after beating Sherilin PLastics, 81-70, last Sunday, August 21, 2022 at the City Sports Club Cebu. 

Baruk Ceniza led Truck N’ Trail with 16 points to go with 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, and 1 block to emerge as the finals “Most Valuable Player.”

EJ Conahap and Consolacion Sarok Weavers’ team captain John Paulo Dalumpines each scored 13 points. Conahap also tallied 5 boards, 3 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block. Dalumpines had 2 rebounds, 6 assiists, and 1 steal.

Joseph Cabahug chipped in 12 markers, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, and 1 block. 

Sherilin’s Albert Ardiente scored 16 points with 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block. Jeco Bancale and Zylle Cabellon each scored 14 and 13 markers respectively for their losing effort. 

The team’s head coach Phil Mercader told CDN Digital that he told his boys before the game to play hard but not dirty and reminded his team to impose lockdown defense especially on Sherilin’s key players. 

“Ako ra jud gisulti nila nga to play hard, but not dirty. Play physically in legal ways. Before the game, nagpractice mi para mafocus namo on how to stop their key players,” said Mercader who won his first title with the team.

(What I told them is to play hard, but not dirty. Play physically in legal ways. Before the game, we practiced so that we can focus on how to stop their key players.)

Mercader also led Truck N Trail from the sidelines in winning the Mayor Michael Rama Basketball Invitational League 2022 last May at the Cebu City Sports Institute. 

They upset the heavily-favored ARQ Builders  92-72, to win the title. 

“Yes we have a system, but useless among system kung dili namo buhaton. Pero in the end, among nabuhat ug akong expectation sa duwa ganina kay lahi jud kaayo. Nakita nako sa tanan players nako nga makatriple double sila. Makaingon ko nga it was the best game we played so far diri sa MCBL,” he said.

(Yes, we have a system, but our system is useless if we don’t implement it. But in the end, we implemented it and my expectation of the game earlier is really different from what I expected. I saw among all my players that they can do triple-double. I can say that it was the best game that we played so far in the MCBL.)

Mercader also credited the additional players from the Consolacion Sarok Weavers in Dalumpines, Rovello Robles, and other key players such as Joseph Cabahug in helping their team winning the title. He also thanked the team’s mainstays such as Ceniza, Conahap, Ranel Cortez, and Alain Tarona. 

During the game, Truck N’ Trail was relentless from both ends. They led as much as 23 points, 49-26, in the third period. 

Sherilin tried to retaliate by putting up a brief scoring blitz, 8-0, to cut the lead the lead to 12 in the final period, but time ran out. 

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