Team Marangas is the first champion of the Inter Barangay Basketball Association (IBBA) ng Bataraza or popularly known as IBBA Cup following a 90–88 victory over Team Rio Tuba last September 23, 2017.
Team Marangas finished the season with only 1 loss out of 13 games. It swept its two championship games against Team Rio Tuba.
Team Marangas lost to Rio Tuba during their first match in the semifinals round held at the RTN Gymnasium. The scores where close and was tied at the last three seconds of the game when a 3-point shot by Bedonia of Team Rio Tuba sent the game into overtime.
“Nakakapanghina po talaga yung pagkatalo namin kahit no bearing game lang yun, kasi pride po yung pinag uusapan doon” said Micko Gonzales of Marangas
The point guard said the loss motivated them to improve their game and win it all at the expense of their archrival Team Rio Tuba on their first championship game, Rio Tuba having home court advantage.
“Grabe po yung game namin ng Team Rio Tuba noong Semi Finals super na challenge po kami na galingan pa at mag practice pa para makabawi sa Team Rio Tuba sa aming Championship Game.” said Micko Gonzales of Marangas, a key player of their team.
The battle for championship began last September 21, 2017 at Usman Gym, Rio Tuba. The whole gym was full of the supporters of each teams with their banners and cheers. The first 2 quarters were all in favor of Team Rio Tuba but Team Marangas poured it on in the last 2 quarters, taking advantage of Rio Tuba’s turnovers. This gave Team Marangas their biggest lead, 96-91 and end up winning the Game 1 with 100-93.
Supporters of Rio Tuba were in despair after their team lost to its bitter rival Team Marangas.
“Babawi ang Team Rio Tuba, sugod sa Bataraza sa Sabado para mag cheer!” yelling supporters of Team Rio Tuba.
Mark Dench Beringuer was named the Finals MVP with 58 points, 12 of which are 3 – point shoot, 3 rebounds and 2 steals.