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V Hotel tops MBL Open

Colegio de San Lorenzo-V Hotel brought down top favorite FEU-NRMF-Gerry’s Grill, 87-85, in their heart-stopping title showdown to complete a Cinderella story in the 2017 MBL Open basketball championship.

Soulemane Chabi Yo, a prized find from the French-speaking West African nation Benin, made the big difference in the Griffins’ fairy-tale finish against the heavily-favored Tamaraws.

The 6-foot-6 Chabi Yo exploded with 28 points against the tight defense of FEU imports Moustapha Arafat and Kareem Abdul to power the Griffins of CdSL president Rina Monique Balgan, executive director Dr. Pedro Lora, manager Jimi Lim and coach Boni Garcia to the title in their first MBL appearance.