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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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Nobody asked me but…

Do you know that Team Spoilers have won 14 straight games at the 2011 FBL Cup?

Also, aside from amassing an impressive 14 straight wins in the FBL Cup, Team Spoilers are also dominating at the 2011 Rudimch Government/Business League tournament where they hold a 9-0 win-loss record beating all their Business League rivals.

(Photo by Segundo 'Doddie' Pineda)

The team now await for the impending cross-over and knockout games at the 2011 Rudimch Cup.

Combining their win totals on both tournaments, Team Spoilers are 23-0 since April 24, 2011.

Nobody asked me either but…

I can’t help but wonder why Western Union and their supporters were somewhat celebrating despite losing 100-93 against the Spoilers.

I no longer play competitive basketball but during my heydays I hate losing.

I take pride in winning, it didn’t matter if it’s backyard basketball, or league basketball, the ultimate goal was to always win the game.

Forgive me for asking this but, have Western Union conceded to the Spoilers?

A lot of people might bash me in the head and say I’m biased but let me get things straight.

I know it’s just one game and the FBL Cup is far from over, but I haven’t seen a team (defending champs no less!) in a jovial mood after taking a critical defeat against a team that could potentially dethrone them as champions.

Have you ever seen Manu Ginobili or Kobe Bryant’s face when their respective teams got beat? (whether if it’s just a regular season game or a playoff game)

If not, you should; because they epitomize what basketball, respect, winning, passion and pride is all about.

If you are happy with your team losing by seven points, something is wrong with you, and someone has to question you’re pride, competitive edge and respect and love for the game of basketball.

Not to boast, but thankfully, Team Spoilers haven’t loss a basketball game in a six-month span.

Here’s to hoping that the trend continues. Go Spoilers Go!

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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