IT WAS a tough journey for the Ice Sportswear but pulled off the championship victory over POC, 94-87 in Game 3 of the Toby's Sports Bacolod Inter-Barkada Basketball Tournament at STI West Negros University gym.
Gerald Abrot connected with nine points and Paul Cruz hit a pair of triples as POC edged Ice Sportswear, 24-23 but Shem Claridad and Justin Baldonado combined for 15 points on a 24-16 to take the lead at the break, 47-40.
POC brought their team back with a two-point deficit as Ice lead, 66-64 going into the payoff period.
Abrot and Maningo tried to take the momentum but Ice Sportswear poured a 28-24 run to survive the rubber-match.
Diaz led Ice Sportswear with 16 points, all in the second half, as Baldonado backstopped with 13 markers as Jay Herrera added 10 points, Cadagat and Boknoy Benieves with 9 points each, and Luigi Herrera and Claridad with 8 markers apiece.
Abrot paced POC with 19 points as Maningo added 14 points and Sadie's 13 points. (HGD)