STI-West Negros University Mustangs survived a rocky finals to dethrone University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos Rams in overtime, 71-66 to re-capture the 2016 Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports, Cultural and Educational Association men’s basketball last night at the latter’s home court.
No amount of home crowd prevented the many times champions Mustangs header by multi-titled mentor Dennis Tumayan as they overcame a 31-26 deficit at the break.
The Mustangs battled hard in the second half and pushed the game in a 62-all deadlock at the regulation and pushed for an overtime.
The win is Mustangs’ first title under STI.
Meanwhile, Gerom Aledron’s Rams returned to the finals with a win over Colegio de Sta. Ana de Victorias during their knockout semis.*
(Stephen Tan Photo)