Green Hawks, Mustangs, Baybay I Central School overall champs in OCCCI D-League basketball tourney
CEBU CITY, Philippines — The St. Joseph College of Maasin (SJC) Green Hawks, Western Leyte College (WLC) of Ormoc Mustangs, and Baybay I Central School were hailed the maiden overall champions in the OCCCI D-League Interschool Basketball Tournament after defeating their respective opponents in the “Battle of the Best” on Sunday evening at the Ormoc City Superdome.
The OCCCI D-League, which has been created to provide exposure to schools in Leyte Island, officially capped off on Sunday evening.
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Green Hawks upset Mustangs
Over a hundred schools from elementary, high school, and college around Leyte Island competed in the two-month basketball tournament, which drew some inspiration from Cebu’s Cesafi and Manila’s UAAP.
After the dust has settled down, the SJC Green Hawks upset the heavily-favored WLC Mustangs, 75-71, in the college division winner-take-all championship match.
CJ Gonzales led the Green Hawks with 15 points, including a crucial three-pointer that gave his team the much-needed cushion to hang on until the final buzzer. Gonzales went on to become the college division “Most Valuable Player,” earning a P3,000 purse.
Meanwhile, the Green Hawks pocketed a P50,000 purse, while the Mustangs didn’t go home empty-handed as they received a P20,000 cash prize as the runners-up.
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Mustangs bag high school title
Despite the loss in the college division, the Mustangs’ emerged champions in the high school division by routing Ormoc City Senior High School (OCSHS) 70-54 in the championship match.
Rile Christian Veloso was named MVP after leading the Mustangs with 15 points, 6 boards, and 3 blocks. The Mustangs received P60,000, while the OCSHS pocketed P30,000.
Elementary division champs
On the other hand, Baybay I Central School topped the elementary division by narrowly beating San Juan Elementary School 46-42.
Darnyl Loreto hoisted the finals MVP plum after leading Baybay I Central School with 17 points and 18 rebounds. Baybay went home with P25,000 cash, while San Juan received P10,000.
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