PNB Savings Bank emerged as the champion in the 2018 Philippine Bankers League powered by: HoopsNation Manila basketball tournament.
Led by Finals MVP Kris Robles and Ryan dela Cruz, PNB brought down RCBC Savings Bank, 89-79, in their winner-take-all title showdown to capture the title before a big weekend crowd at the Meralco gym in Ortigas Ave., Pasig.
Robles finished with a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds, while De la Cruz added 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists for PNB, which outscored RCBC, 53-38, in the last two quarters in the tournament sponsored by Gatorade, Diamond Sneaks, JJ Autoworkz, ATV Mountain Top, Benedict Rosopa Photography, Team Sure Win and Stance Athletics.
Robles scored eight points in the fourth quarter alone, including a driving layup to open the fourth period and back-to-back three-point shots that put PNB ahead by 15 points twice, the last at 85-70 with 2:29 left.
Tristan Cosino carried the fight for RCBC with 21 points on 9-of-16 shooting, followed by Jefferson Obico with 12 points.
Overall, PNB had 10 more attempts than RCBC, hitting 31-of-76 shots for 40 percent compared to RCBC’s 24-of-66 for 36 percent.
PNB also had more rebounds, 54-37, more assists, 14-13, and more steals, 13-7.
In the battle for third place, Citibank defeated YIGH Metro Stars, 105-86.
Aside from Robles, the other individual awardees are:
Season MVP -- Ron Jeffrey Rivera (PNB)
Mythical Team -- Ron Jeffrey Rivera (PNB), Jomari Juico (FinCon),
Mark Pre (YIGH Metro Stars), JM Adamos (Citibank) and Vladimir Singh (RCBC).
Best Defensive Player -- Ron Jeffrey Rivera (PNB).