B are the Champions!!!
by Aman Enconado 3C
Park 9- They came, they saw, they opened a can of whup-ass. In the highest-scoring game in the history of the "Court of Law" basketball tournament, Block B captured the championship over Block C, 81-105.
With their patented, dominating style of ball, the B boys did what many basketball experts and analysts expected them to do. Dominate. After bulldozing their way through their opponents by an average of 14 points, the B ballers fulfilled their destiny and went home with "The Larry O'Brien".
The C men smelled upset early on, leading by as much as nine points behind the record-breaking performance of Linus "L-Daddy" Galias' 13 assists and hotshot sophomore Julz Esquivias, who played like an "Animal" possessed pouring in 30 points. Aman Y. Enconado pitched in 23 points.
But B was not to be denied and turned it on at will. The second half was a nightmare for the C men who thought they were pimp-slapped as they did not know what hit them. Balls were flyin' left and right as the B ballers scored basket after basket. During the tumultuous affray tournament, MVP front-runner Phil "The Bus Driver" Ranada schooled C men like they were little Japanese schoolgirls, netting 25 points and pulling down 10 board. Super-star Erwin Genuino was like Outkast's Bombs over Baghdad as he effortlessly scored 19 points, hitting threes from the next zip-code. Not to be outdone was the inspired Mars "The Veteran" Arias who came back from a concussion suffered in the first half and valiantly scored all 13 of his points in the critical 4th quarter. The cold-hearted shooting of Finals MVP Alain "The Big Picket" Espino regained its form as he set the record for most points scored in a half with the 26 he scored in the second half. "The Big Picket" also set the tournament record for points as he finished with an unprecedented 34.
With eight minutes to go in the 4th, the C men saw a ray of hope behind the play of Woowee "The Package" Evangelista who began a 7-0 run with a tremendous block on the shot of Nat "The Body" Arrojado. This block was followed by a huge trifecta from C's heart and soul Jan "Gameface" Aliling. But "The Big Picket" ended whatever hopes C had with two consecutive treys and going on a one-player 6-0 run which served as the last nail in Block C's coffin. The C men could not get anything going as they were dizzied by the moves of freshman BJ "White Chocolate" and were stifled by the defensive presence YaOmar aka Omar "The Bone Snatcher" who changed numerous shots and blocked four attempts.
During the post-game interview, a teary-eyed Mike "The Gladiator" Acaban revealed that C was honored to have partaken in the championship and the mere fact that they reached that level means they are all champions in their own rights.
We are all champions. Some are just more champions than others.