Dammam, Saudi Arabia – The FCD Wolves claimed the Al-Qahtani Friendly Basketball League (AFBL) 3rd Season crown after defeating the PA Plant Vipers, 36-30, in the Championship Match.
Rookie Mark Paul Cesar dropped 8 points for the Wolves. It was not an easy win for the Wolves as they are struggling on the first few minutes of the game with 0-8 in favor of Vipers. The Wolves showed how motivated they are to finish the game at Al-Badia Basketball Court.
The Wolves were able to recover after slicing the deficit to as low as 2 points in the latter part of the third quarter. They responded with a late strong performance to conclude the third quarter with a commanding cushion.
FCD came out with much more energy and intensity in the second half and just minutes into the third quarter, the Wolves were able to take their first lead of the game before settling for a 24-22 deficit entering the final frame, giving themselves the momentum they needed to close out the hard-fighting Vipers.
PA Plant tried to climb back in the second half, but FCD already established an insurmountable advantage.
John Patrick Capili chipped in 7 points, while Emerson Loniso added 6 points for the Wolves.
Arnel Sigalat led the way for the Vipers with 24 points while Carlito Sulit play a good defense and added 9 points.
Fittingly, the rookie Mark Paul Cesar was named Finals Most Valuable Player.
John Patrick Capili had the most votes and named seasons Most Valuable Player.
Melchor Ebon, Marven Davillo and Arnel Sigalat made up the Mythical Three.
This year recipient of the Sportmanship Award is Mark Paul Cesar.
PA Plant Vipers bag the Best Uniform Award while Jayson Constantino named Mr. AFBL 2019.
This marks the first championship of FCD in AFBL.
AFBL Commissioner Ronald Regala might slap Double Joint Hurricanes the first fine in the league’s history for their no-show in semi-final game with the PA Plant Vipers. Commissioner Ronald Regala announced a possible penalty for the team for attempting to destabilize the league.
FCD Wolves 36 — Mark Paul Cesar 8, John Patrick Capili 7, Victor Cabarubias 7, Emerson Loniso 6, Michael Carillo 4, Robert Caingles 2, Jon Jon Estella 1, Elijon Rosales 1, Richard Zaragosa 0.
PA Plant Vipers 36 – Arnel Sigalat 24, Carlito Sulit 9, Max Franco 5, Rene Divino 1, Edgar Esguerra 1.
Quarterscores: 6-13, 11-17, 24-22, 36-30