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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.

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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.

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Koror, Palau – Two weeks after whipping the Ilocandia Bulls 114-75 in their rematch, Team Spoilers are at it again.

Aries Echanova attempts a 3-pointer while Michael Bombita (#25) and his other teammates looks on. (Photo by Segundo "Doddie" Pineda)

The Spoilers claimed their 9th straight victory on Sunday 131-80 at the expense of Surangel and Sons team.

Team Surangel actually started the game on a 9-4 run and looked convinced that they will finally break the Spoilers’ winning streak.

However, with the energetic play of Coco Gonzales, Michael Bombita and Aries Echanova, the Spoilers went on an 8-0 run on their own to give the Spoilers a 12-9 lead.

The game was actually close during the first half until the Spoilers clamped down on defense and hit their shots from beyond the arc.

Sparked by Mark Pagayanan’s defense of Surangel’s main man, Arnold Undicimo the Spoilers went on to their trapping defense while scoring at will on the offensive end.

Pagayanan blocked Undicimo twice in one possession and continued to alter Surangel’s shots throughout the game. Michael Garcia was his usual self grabbing rebounds and making the little plays for the team.

Echanova and Marvic Ngchar exploded on offense making 3-pointers for team Spoilers while Bombita, Gonzales and RB Dorado make plays for the team.

Because of their imposing lead, the Spoilers managed to use all the active players on the roster including Felix Masaganda who scored four points, Ferdinand Pascual with two and their youngest player Juan Miguel Pineda added six points.

Spoilers veteran play-maker Boy Gopez did not play but will likely see action on the Spoilers’ next game.

Koror, Palau – The FBL All Star weekend was held last Sunday at the Palau National Gym in celebration of the 113th Philippine Indepedence in cooperation with Philippine Embassy and The Filipino Commumity in Palau.

Boy Gopez of Team Spoilers won the MVP award for the Masters team on All Star Weekend.

The event started with the skills challenge and 3-point shoot out contest, followed by the Rookie-Sophomore game, Masters vs. Juniors and the main event — All Star team 1 against All Star team 2.

In the skills challenge, team Spoilers field in Coco Gonzales and Aries Echanova to represent the team. However, both players are suffering minor injuries that affected their performance.

Junie Samantina of the PNQ Rams won the skills challenge, clocking in the fastest time to complete the challenge at 12.3 seconds. Despite being injured, Gonzales placed second in the said event with a time of 13.1 seconds. Echanova failed to qualify in the final round.

The Spoilers picked Michael Bombita and Marvic Ngchar for the 3-point shoot-out but sadly both of them did not make it to the next round making four and five 3-pointers respectively.

PJ Esguerra of Aloha Maid Choppers won the event hitting nine from beyond the arc.

Things looked bleaked for the Spoilers team until the main games took place.

Mark Pagayanan displayed his inside moves and dominating rebounds helping the Rookie team to edge the Sophomore squad 78-74. Michael Garcia had a great all-around game for the Sophomore’s in a losing cause.

However, Mark Louie Lofranco of Aloha Maid Choppers won the MVP for the rookie-Sophomore game.

The Masters squad defeated the Juniors in dominating fashion 109-80 wherein the Spoilers very own Boy Gopez won MVP honors scoring 20 points for the Masters team. Sarry Maata of team Spoilers also played for the Junior team.

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Behind Coco Gonzales' play-making ability, the Spoilers were able to stretch their winning steak. (Photo by Segundo "Doddie" Pineda)

Koror, Palau – Team Spoilers extended their winning streak to six games defeating the Ilocandia Bulls 107-96

The Spoilers were led by Aries Echanova with 27 points followed by Michael Bombita with 26 points and Coco Gonzales with 24.

Dennis Castro paced the Ilocandia Bulls with 26 points, while Joeger Supnet and Raul Osias added 24 and 17 points respectively.

The Spoilers started the game on a strong note leading 28-19 after the first quarter. The Bulls tried to keep the game close using their fast break attack cutting the Spoilers lead to six points with five minutes left in the second quarter.

However, the Spoilers tried to pull away using a total effort. A give and go by RB Dorado and Marvic Ngchar upped the lead to 55-39 and a strong push to end the first half gave them a comfortable lead 61-42.

But the Bulls weren’t done. Using their physical play coupled with foul troubles from the Spoilers team, the Bulls chipped away the lead slowly. Spoilers’ center Mark Pagayanan fouled out with two minutes left in the third period that fueled a Bulls comeback.

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Spoilers crushed Choppers

Aries Echanova makes this freethrow to complete a 3-point play. (Photo by Segundo 'Doddie' Pineda)

Koror, Palau – Riding high on four game winning streak, the Spoilers wasted little time in dispatching the Aloha Maid Choppers.

They started the game out strong, opening the game on a 16-5 run and never looked back.

The Spoilers attack were simply too much for the Choppers as they found themselves playing catchup throughout the game and trailed 58-25 at half time.

Behind the energetic duo of Michael Bombita and Coco Gonzales, the Spoilers made another push at the start of the third quarter that virtually sealed the win.

Bombita provided much of the scoring, while Gonzales made some great defensive plays on the other end upping their lead to 83-47 at the end of the third period.

Still, the Spoilers did not let up.

Out of a timeout early in the fourth quarter, coach Jun Dela Cruz draw a perfect play that is similar to shot-gun position in the NFL as Marvic Ngchar found himself all alone cutting to the basket.

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Michael Bombita soars high for a finger roll. (Photo by Segundo 'Doddie' Pineda)

Koror Palau – Riding high on back-to-back wins and a revamped roster, the Spoilers started the game well enough and led 25-18 after the first quarter.

The Spoilers featured four new players against Surangel, Mark Pagayanan and George Bernardo bolstered the team’s frontcourt and Michael Bombita and Coco Gonzalez added depth to an already crowded backcourt.

Surangel and Sons tried to play physical to get back in game and perhaps frustrate some of the Spoilers’ players but it back fired.

Some timely baskets from Arnold Undicimo, Eric Manio and Deloy Pingot kept the game interesting. However, the Spoilers proved to be a tough customer and ended the first half leading 48-35 behind Gonzales and Bombita’s 1-2 punch.

The trend continued in the third period as the Spoilers’ lead ballooned to 20 points behind Gonzales’ play making ability, Bombita’s 3-point shooting, and team’s overall energetic play.

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