Team Spoilers posed for a picture after winning the 2011 FBL Cup. (Photo by Segundo "Doddie" Pineda)
Koror, Palau – Championship games were supposed to be a close fight.
With the top two teams battling for the coveted crown, the games are expected to be exciting and thrilling, but apparently not in this series.
The Spoilers showed the defending champion Western Union team that they were clearly the better team and are head and shoulders above the rest.
During the past two seasons, Western Union was the best and were hailed back-to-back champs.
However, the moment Team Spoilers decided to re-join the FBA League, there was no denying that the Spoilers came back to bring back their glory days.
In their Best-of-3 series format, the Spoilers dominated Western Union winning Game 1, 101-68 and then completed the series sweep to clinch the title by routing Western Union 117-93 in Game 2.
Indeed a new era has just began.
Aries Echanova was named Rookie of the Year and season MVP, Michael Bombita won Finals MVP honors and was named Best Forward, while Coco Gonzales was awarded the sportsmanship award and Best Guard.
All three players were also named to the Mythical Team together with Western Union’s Erwin Senadre and Emerson Patenia.
Koror Palau – On FBL Sunday, the top two teams Western Union (15-2) and Team Spoilers (13-3) met for the second time in what could be a preview of the FBL Finals showdown, however, the game did not fit the bill.
(Photos by Segundo 'Doddie' Pineda)
Western Union started the game out strong going on a 5-0 run in the opening minutes but it was short lived.
Michael Bombita went on a personal 7-0 run to put the Spoilers on top 7-5, a lead that his team would never relinquished.
Spoilers’ big man Mark Pagayanan was on early foul trouble but once the Spoilers pushed the button, Western Union didn’t know what hit them and found themselves trailing 36-21 after the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Spoilers continued to step on the gas and broke the game wide open behind the scoring trio of Bombita, Aries Echanova and Coco Gonzales.
Team Spoilers held a 64-37 lead at half time off a last second put back by Joel Nacionales causing some fans to leave the gym sensing that the game might end up with another blowout victory by the Spoliers.