WITH Justine Baltazar showing the way anew, the Pampanga G Lanterns dethroned Davao Occidental-Cocolife, scoring a gutsy 79-72 victory last Thursday night to clinch Manila Bankers Life-Pilipinas Super League Pro Division Second Conference Dumper Cup title before a stunned crowd at the RMC Gymnasium in Davao City.
Baltazar, who was named finals MVP, notched 19 points and 18 rebounds for the G Lanterns, while Jap Pambiid chipped in 10 points and two rebounds.
Louie Sangalang, Archie Concepcion, and Michael Garcia also had eight, seven, and seven points, respectively for the G Lanterns.
The win powered the charges of coach and Pampanga governor Dennis “Delta’ Pineda to the Promised Land of the tourney presented by Dumper party-list, Winzir, and Skin Care Depot, co-presented by SCD Cosmetics, and supported by NET 25, Adcon, Wcube Solutions Inc., MDC, Unisol, Don Benitos, and Finn Cotton, with PBA and Gilas Pilipinas great Marc Pingris serving as Commissioner.
The G Lanterns edged the Tigers in Game 1 87-84 last Monday.
Larry Rodriguez paced Davao Occidental with 22 points, six rebounds and two assists, while Micole Sorela had 10 and three.
Former PBA player John Wilson, adjudged as season MVP of the meet, also had 10 points.
PAMPANGA G LANTERNS 79 – Baltazar 19, Pamid 10, Sangalang 8, Concepcion 7, Garcia 7, Reyson 6, K. Santos 6, Celada 5, Caralipio 4, Binuya 3, R. Santos 2, De Leon 2, Delo Rosario 0.
DAVAO OCCIDENTAL-COCOLIFE 72 – Rodriguez 22, Sorela 10, Wilson 10, Calo 8, Subido 5, Robles 4, Agovida 4, Abundo 4, Dagangon 3, Jimenez 2, Mag-Isa 0, Celiz 0, Balagtas 0, Custodio 0.
Quarters: 15-22, 38-41, 55-55-79-72.