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12-19-2007, 06:16 AM
5th Gaisano South Cup
Ateneo ends title drought
Published : 2007-12-18
The Ateneo De Davao University Blue Knights didn’t let their title drought reached to a decade after beating Agro Industrial College Sailors, 62 – 59 in sudden-death Game 3 and win its first title in nine long years Sunday night at the close of the 5th Gaisano South Cup 2007 at a jam-packed GS Citimall Skygym.
The Blue Knights displayed excellent composure down the stretch in trouncing the Sailors who had the chance to win the ballgame but crumpled en route to their heartbreaking defeat. Shooting guard Richard Madelo came out as the Blue Knight in shining armor, saving the day for the Cholo Elegino-mentored Jacinto-based quintet with his clutch baskets.
Madelo, the finals MVP, drilled a triple and chase with a tear drop shot to score Ateneo’s last five points that in haste dramatically change the outcome of the winner-take-all match.
Trailing by two, 57–59, Madelo who finished 16 points, hit a triple from an exceptional offensive play to take the lead, 60 – 59 then followed it up with a tear drop shot in the ensuing possession for the final count with 30 seconds left. The reed-thin Madelo who was held to only three points in the first three quarters carried the load for Ateneo after regular season MVP Miguel Solitaria and center Condrad Fernando fouled out with more than two minutes left.
Solitaria, the regular season MVP and Fernando canned 11 points apiece.
Ariel Fortuna had a chance to propel the game into overtime but missed a three-pointer that could have tied the count.
Obed Batoy paced the Sailors with 22 points.
The Blue Knights took the series opener with a 78 – 64 victory but the Sailors bounced back in Game 2 sailing to a 92 – 90 in overtime to force a rubber match.
Genry Curso scored 12 of his total 14 points in the first period to give Agro a 16 – 11 lead after ten minutes of play.
But Ateneo went into scoring rampage in the second quarter behind Paolo Sta. Ana, who had seven points, to take the lead 32 – 28 at the half.
In the other winner-take-all match, Ateneo De Davao University clobbered Holy Child School of Davao, 75 - 60 to win the Cadet Category title.
Paulo Dailisan topscored for Ateneo with 17 points while Jess Evangelio, the finals MVP, chipped in nine points.
Holy Child fought hard but just couldn’t keep pace with Ateneo despite the excellent showing of regular season MVP Mario Emmanuel Bonleon, Daniel Sumalinog and Ralph Nayve.
Bonleon had 17 points while Sumalinog and Nayve had 14 points each. (Rico Biliran/Mindanews)
12-19-2007, 06:17 AM
Blue Knights rule Gaisano South Cup
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
THE Ateneo de Davao Blue Knights defeated Agro Industrial Foundation College, 62-69, to bag the College Division 1 title of the 5th Gaisano South Cup Sunday.
Richard Madelo led Blue Knights with 16 points and four rebounds to emerge the finals' Most Valuable Player (MVP). Madelo also had two assists as the Blue Knights won the series, 2-1.
Miguel Solitaria and Conrado Fernando added 11 points apiece for Ateneo. Obed Batoy led Agro with a game-high 22 points.
The Blue Knights, under coach Elegino Cholo, trailed after the first quarter, 11-16, but pulled ahead by four, 32-28, at the half. From there, it was Ateneo all the way, although the Sailors managed to keep the game close.
Ateneo won Game 1, 78-64, but Agro took the next game at 92-90 to arrange the rubber match in the best-of-three championship series.
Ateneo made it a double kill when it also won the Cadet Category after beating Holy Child School of Davao, 75-60, in the finals.
Paulo Dailisan spearheaded Ateneo's triumphant campaign with 17 points, six steals, two rebounds, and two assists.
The GS Cup is sanctioned by BAP-SBP and sponsored by Rexona, Axe and Milo Sunsport.
07-12-2008, 08:54 AM
Friday, July 11, 2008
Gaisano South Cup fires off August 16
THE Gaisano South (GS) Cup, the longest-running youth cagefest in Mindanao, will open its new season at last on August 16 at the GS Citimall, said GS Citimall Advertising and Promotions chief Karla Georgia Palermo-Corcino Thursday.
"We invited over 60 teams to join the league. They will compete in mini, cadet, girls, juniors and college categories. We are now ironing out details to ensure the successful turnout of the meet," Corcino said.
She added: "This is our sixth year and we are more inspired and determined to work hard with the highest level of urgency and passion to advance the best interest of the league."
Corcino said they have noted the increase of gym attendance by 20 percent in last year's edition that indicates Dabawenyos' growing interest on the sport.
Tournament director Rico Jhone Biliran, in an interview with Sun.Star Davao, said deadline of submission of entries is on July 30 while a coaches' meeting is set on August 9.
The league is sanctioned by BAP-SBP regional director Regino "Boy" Cua. (MLSA)
07-12-2008, 08:56 AM
6th GS South Cup tips off Aug. 16
Published : 2008-07-11
THE Gaisano South Cup sixth edition tips off on August 16 at the Gaisano South Citimall Skygym.
Over 60 teams have been invited to see-action in the five division tournament dubbed as the longest running basketball league in the region.
The five month-long tournament which will run from August to December will have* the mini, cadet, girls, juniors and college categories. The junior and college class are also categorized to two divisions.
“We are now preparing for this year’s season, ironing out the kinks to ensure the successful turn out of the league,”said GS Citimall advertising and promotions head Karla Georgia Palermo-Corcino.
The GS Cup is gradually creating a legacy in providing an avenue for the young Davaoeño basketball players with potential where they could enhance their skills towards a bright future and aims to develop sportsmanship and camaraderie.
It was noted that in the preceding season gym attendance had skyrocketed to at least twenty percent, indicating the warm salutation of the city’s basketball fanatics.
The GS Cup has been receiving overwhelming applause from the Davao City sports stakeholders since it was organized several years back due to its gigantic contribution to the sports development program as far as the country’s most popular sport is concerned.
07-12-2008, 08:58 AM
6th Gaisano South Cup
Basketball opens August 16
The Gaisano South Citimall is gearing up once more for another non-stop hard court basketball season this year for all Davaoeños with the staging of the 6th Gaisano South Cup Basketball League “The Game of the Rising Stars”.
Over 60 teams have been invited to see-action in the five division tournament, the longest running basketball league in the region, which kicks off on August 16.
The five month-long tournament from August to December features competitions in the mini, cadet, girls, juniors and college categories. The junior and college divisions are categorized into two classes.
“We are now preparing for this year’s season, ironing out the kinks to ensure the successful turn out of the league,” GS Citimall advertising and promotions head Karla Georgia Palermo-Corcino said.
“This is our 6th year and we are more inspired and determined to work hard with the highest level of urgency and passion to advance the best interest of the league,” the energetic ad’s and promo chief added.
The GS Cup is gradually creating a legacy in providing an avenue for the young Davaoeño basketball players with potential where they could enhance their skills towards a bright future. It also aims to develop sportsmanship and camaraderie among the various participating schools.
It was noted that in the previous season gym attendance had skyrocketed to at least twenty percent, indicating the warm salutation of the city’s basketball fanatics.
The GS Cup has been receiving overwhelming applause from the Davao City sports stakeholders since it was organized several years back due to its gigantic contribution to the development of sports as far as the country’s most popular sport is concerned.
07-26-2008, 08:03 AM
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Coaches meeting set for GS Cup cagefest
ORGANIZERS of the 6th Gaisano South Cup 2008 will hold a coaches' meeting on August 9 at the 8th floor of the Gaisano Grand Corporate Center.
The new season of the GS Cup, the longest-running youth cagefest in Mindanao, will open on August 16.
Tournament director Rico Jhone Biliran said a total of 66 teams have been invited to compete in the mini, cadet, girls, juniors and college categories.
"But we have yet to send invitations to collegiate teams. We gave out invitations early to mini, cadet, girls and juniors teams because their games will also be played earlier than the collegiate games," Biliran said.
Gaisano Grand Citimall Davao Ad and Promo head Karla Georgia Palermo-Corcino, in a recent statement, confirmed the entry of Holy Trinity College from General Santos City in the junior's event.
Invited mini, cadet, girls and juniors squads have only until July 30 to submit their entries while organizers set August 30 as deadline for the collegiate teams. (MLSA)
08-24-2008, 06:39 AM
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Gaisano South (GS) Cup, Home of the Rising Stars
By Marianne L. Saberon-Abalayan
IT HAS embarked on a city-wide grassroots sports basketball program for the past 14 years but little has been known about how the Gaisano South (GS) Cup, formerly known as JS Gaisano Cup, specifically on how it came to be or how vast is its contributions to local sports.
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Not to mention the many prominent players who played on its court just like Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants' Peter June Simon who steered the University of Mindanao (UM) Wildcats to a series of championships and earning the coveted most valuable player (MVP) for three straight years.
And who could ever forget former six-foot-nine Wildcats slotman Samigue Eman, who made quite a stir in the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) and now a mainstay of PBA's Magnolia Beverage Masters? He, too, was a GS Cup MVP along with UM teammate Eder John Saldua. Both cagers also had stints in the RP Team that saw action in international tournaments.
Sunday Salvacion, a former Rizal Memorial Colleges (RMC) Bulldog, is also making a name in the pro league as a reliable member of the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings. He also played in Davao's longest-running cage loop as well as former Holy Cross of Davao College (HCDC) Crusader John Paul Escobal of San Beda College in the NCAA.
Karla Palermo-Corcino, Ad and Promo Head of the Gaisano South Citimall, recalled, "It was sometime in 1994, that former owner Sir John Gaisano and Sir William "Butch" Ramirez planned the basketball program already named JS Gaisano Cup. It started out with a few teams being played at the Almendras Gym or at any gym that was available."
Corcino, in an interview with Sun.Star Davao at her office recently, said it was only in 1997 that Sir John put the league at its newly built SkyGym. The JS Gaisano Cup, which then featured college and high school divisions, at last found a place it can call home.
On the same year, according to Corcino, the GS Cup Board of Commissioners was formed to help organize the league.
"I think it was in the 3rd JS Cup in 1997 that we had our first motorcade from PTA to JS to usher the opening rites. It was like institutionalizing the league that's why we had the official logo and the rest of the staff and organizers had official shirts, too," she said.
With its noble aim to provide the city with a true and viable grassroots sports development program on basketball, the JS Cup included the mini and cadet divisions in 2000 upon the encouragement of Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) regional director Regino "Boy" Cua.
It has also introduced its own All-Star Game that attracted hundreds of spectators who filled the SkyGym to the rafters.
The girls' event was included only later and in 1999, the search for Miss JS Cup made its debut.
Corcino added: "In 2002, there was a change of management. Sir John continued the JS Cup in Gaisano Tagum while our new chairman Benito Gaisano, also wanted to keep the program. So the Gaisano South (GS) Cup was born. We're now on our eighth year. It's just the name of the league that changed but its noble objectives and good intentions for the city's youth are the same."
This year's season of the region's premier youth cagefest also made another milestone with visitors Holy Trinity College of General Santos City and Panabo State College of Davao del Norte.
"This is the biggest season ever with a total of 66 teams entered in the meet. We are very happy with this development. This just proves that the league is making a good impact on our youth and schools in the region," she said.
She said mounting up one season of the league costs the management some P700,000 or more.
She went on saying: "There was even a time, we hit P1 million but the budget was sliced in later seasons. It really costs so much considering that this is not a sales-generating event. The P7 or P10 ticket sales every game could not even cover half of the operating expenses. We are really happy that management decided to give its all-out support despite the budgetary requirements. It's a good feeling that we get to help these kids hone their skills and start a career path for them in basketball one way or the other."
Meanwhile, Joseph Encabo, chief-of-staff of Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman Ramirez, said: "GS Cup for me is a sporting event that promotes a true talent identification program - from a raw talent to elite. This has been proven after it has produced players now playing in PBA and PBL."
Veteran sports scribe Jon Develos, who once served as member of the GS Cup board, recalled, "I think it was Joshua Ramirez of Ateneo who was named the first MVP of the league."
The GS Cup, according to tournament director Rico Jhone Biliran, has also become BAP-SBP's basis for Davao City's representation in national inter-school tournaments. A true indication that the league is indeed the true home of rising basketball stars.
09-02-2008, 09:40 PM
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Ateneo dribblers crush Magallanes in GS Cup
THE Ateneo de Davao University and Sta. Ana National High School beat their respective opponents in the resumption of games in the 6th Gaisano South (GS) Cup at the GS SkyGym over the weekend.
Ateneo's mini division squad routed Magallanes Elementary School, 73-33, behind the heroics of Ralph Riggo, who poured in 11 points. Riggo also issued two assists, grabbed 11 rebounds, and had two steals to be named best player of the game.
Sta. Ana, meanwhile, overwhelmed Daniel R. Aguinaldo National High School, 64-33, in the girls event. Hazel Isonza sizzled with 26 points, 13 rebounds, and eight steal to lead her team.
In junior division 1, the Agro-Industrial Foundation College Sea Horse trounced Davao City National High School (DCNHS) Vikings, 93-56.
It was a big rebound for Agro after earlier bowing to reigning champion Holy Child School of Davao (HCSD) Reds in the opener.
Rodel Cabonillas led the Vikings wiht 18 points and 13 rebounds in the BAP-SBP cagefest sponsored by Abbott, P&G, Head & Shoulders and Sunsport.
Ramon Adriano Jr. and Reden Celda combined forces to lead the charge for the Vikings, who are under mentor by Arman Villanueva.
The Assumption College of Davao also shared the limelight by crushing Philippine Nikkei Jin Kai International School, 138-30.
Renzar Henry Asilum sank 24 while Roland John Maneja made and Kristofer Miguel Tanduyan added 22 and 19, respectively, for ACD. (MLSA)
09-04-2008, 06:02 AM
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Ateneo dumps Smad
THE Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU)-Team A thrashed Stella Maris Academy of Davao (Smad), 75-20, in the girls event of the 6th Gaisano South (GS) Cup held at the GS SkyGym over the weekend.
Trisha Anne Piatos, reigning most valuable player (MVP), lived up to expectations as she steered the Carlo Salvador-coached squad to the rousing victory with 14 points and four assists.
Piatos' teammates Krystine Cloe Timtim and Tara Araneta added 14 and eight points, respectively, to lift the AdDU-Team A toi victory in the cagefest sanctioned by the Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (BAP-SBP) regional director Regino "Boy" Cua.
But, Ateneo's junior team was not as lucky as it suffered a heartbreaking 51-53 loss to Southern Philippines Polytechnic College Inc. (SPPC) in their junior division 1 match.
Ronald Bangoy top-scored for SPPCI with 13 points. He also grabbed 12 rebounds to be named best player of the game.
Ateneo's Linus Evangelio, meanwhile, led his team with 15 markers.
In the mini division, Ateneo also lost at the hands of the University of the Immaculate Conception (UIC), 41-89, while Holy Chold School of Davao crushed Magallanes Elementary School (MES), 81-49.
Forward Ronald Bangoy had a double-double performance for SPPCI drilling in 13 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.
The St. Therese College of Science and Technology overwhelmed Ford Academy of the Arts, 101-62, to keep its title-retention bid alive in junior division 2. (MLSA)
09-04-2008, 06:55 AM
SEPTEMBER 4, 2008
GAISANO SOUTH CUP
against Ateneo 53-51
The Southern Philippines Polytechnic College survived a fiery Ateneo De Davao University last minute surge to pull away with a 53 – 51 victory last Sunday evening in the ongoing 6th Gaisano South Cup Junior Division 1 at the GS Skygym.
The Ateneans waxed hot in the pay off period, wiping out SPPCI's double digit lead midway of the fourth quarter, but just fell short to absorb their first setback.
With the score at 53 – 51 with eight seconds left, Jannus Gio Bulseco had the chance to win the game for Ateneo which was trailing all throughout. Bulseco who had 10 points found himself open behind the arc following a broken play but the prolific for-ward undesirably missed the shot before the final buzzer.
Forward Ronald Bangoy had a double-double performance for SPPCI drilling in 13 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Jess Linus Evangelio paced Ateneo with 15 points.
Unlike the junior's team, Ateneo de Davao University-Team A streaked past Stella Maris Academy, 75–20 in the Girl's division match.
Reigning Most Valuable Player Trisha Anne Piatos lived up to her star billing as she scored 14 points and dished out 4 assists to open Ateneo's title retention bid on a bright note.
Piatos, a product of the Davao Eagles Summer Cage Clinic back in the day led Ateneo to the championship last year. She drilled 9 of her total points in the opening canto where Ateneo established a commanding 25 point advantage, 29–4 after only ten minutes of play.
Krystine Cloe Timtim and Tara Araneta chipped in 14 and 8 points respectively for the Juan Carlo Salvador mentored Ateneo girl's Team A.
In the other matches, defending junior's division 2 champs St. Therese College of Science and Technology demolished Ford Academy of the Arts, 102–61.
In the Mini division, University of Immaculate Conception defeated Ateneo de Davao University, 67–58 while Holy Child School of Davao trounced Magallanes Elementary School, 81–49.
09-05-2008, 07:08 AM
Friday, September 05, 2008
DCNHS battles DWA
THE Davao Central High School (DCHS) battles Davao Wisdom Academy (DWA) at 5:15 p.m. Friday in the resumption of the 6th Gaisano South (GS) Cup at the GS SkyGym.
Both teams are entered in the junior division 2A.
Their clash will be followed by the junior division 1 encounter between the Agro-Industrial Foundation College of the Philippines (AIFCP) and Stella Maris Academy of Davao (Smad) set at 6:30 p.m.
On Saturday, seven games will be played with the Holy Child School of Davao (HCSD)- Doña Pilar Learning Center (DPLC) 8:45 a.m. mini division match serving as the curtain raiser.
The other mini game set at 10 a.m. will pit Assumption College of Davao (ACD) against the University of the Immaculate Conception (UIC).
The Davao Central College (DCC) plays against Davao City National High School (DCNHS) at 11:15 p.m. in cadet A in the BAP-SBP-sanctioned cagefest.
The girls division features Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) B against Sta. Ana National High School 12:45 and ACD-B against Daniel R. Aguinaldo National High School (DRANHS) at 2:15 p.m. (MLSA)
09-11-2008, 07:05 AM
SPPCI nips Davao Central, 81-69 for GSouth Cup 2nd win
By Jon Develos* *Published : 2008-09-10
TITLE-CONTENDER Southern Philippine Polytechnic College Incorporated took its second Juniors Division I win at the expense of Davao Central College, 81-69 last Saturday in the ongoing 6th Gaisano South Cup Basketball Tournament played at the Gaisano South Citimall Sky gym.
Ronald Bangoy paced the Bambi Santander-coached SPPCI with* a double-double 27 points and 22 rebounds on top off 13 block shots and two assists that earned him Best Player of the Game and the squad’s overall lead in the ongoing eliminations sporting a 2-0 win-loss card.
Meril Abasola and Rayn Garcia added 15 and nine points, respectively, to backed Bangoy.
Davao Central dropped to its first loss in two outings with Marjune Macasero and Venson Nasiad scoring 25 and 19 points, on a losing effort.
In other matches, Sta. Ana National High joined SPPCI’s lead in the ongoing eliminations after a 65-26 win over Ateneo de Davao University in the Girls Division. Hazel Isona had 25 points adding on seven rebounds and two assists for Best Player of the Game honors.
Daniel R. Aguinaldo National High, on the other hand, joined Sta. Ana’s winning moments on a 47-42* spoiler on Assumption College of Davao’s debut for its initial win in two matches.
University of Immaculate Conception drubbed Assumption College of Davao, 77-67 while Davao Central College bested Davao City National High, 68-64 to sport victories in the Mini and Cadets Divisions, respectively.
The games backed by Unilever, Abbott, P&G and Sunsport are played every Saturdays and Sundays supervised by the BAP-SBP Region XI chapter.
09-16-2008, 01:20 PM
SEPTEMBER 16, 2008
GAISANO SOUTH CUP
Blue Knights hack JMC Kings
Reigning champs Ateneo De Davao University Blue Knights hacked out an 81-66 victory over Jose Maria College Kings to begin their title retention bid on a bright note in the 6th Gaisano South Cup Saturday night at the GS Skygym.
Miguel Solitaria lived up to his star billing leading the charge for Ateneo which came out strong in the second half to win its first assignment.
The prolific forward, last year’s regular season Most Valuable Player, poured in 24 points on top of 6 boards, 3 steals and 2 assists that made him the best player of the game.
Richard Madelo, Eric Cabigas and Raphael Claveria also came out big for Ateneo chipping in 16, 12 and 10 points respectively.
“We just came out big tonight. The players played hard, “said Blue Knights head coach and GS Cup 2007 coach of the year Pocholo Elegino after the game which was witnessed by former city councilor April Marie Dayap.
Ahead 43-34 after a see-saw first two quarter battle, the Blue Knights went into a scoring binge, taking a double digit lead and never looked back to seal the victory.
Madelo’s three pointer before the shot clock buzzer sounded midway of the third canto notched Ateneo’s biggest lead of the ball game at 20 points, 61- 41.
The Kings tried to bounce back in the pay off period cutting the deficit to a single digit but just fell short to absorb its first defeat. Jumabon Bulac top scored for the Kings with 18 points.
In the College Division 2 encounter, defending champions Mats College of Technology Navigators also opened its title defense on a high note by beating the come-backing University of Immaculate Conception Eagles, 110 - 62.
Rhandelle Colina had a double-double performance for Mats. The sweet-shooting Colina scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.
09-22-2008, 05:59 AM
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Sta. Ana HS crushes ACD
THE Sta. Ana National High School (SANHS) toyed with the hapless Assumption College of Davao (ACD)-B, 110-16, to grab its third straight win in the 6th Gaisano South (GS) Cup girls event at the GS Citimall SkyGym over the weekend.
Reliable Hazel Isonza sizzled with 25 points, nine rebounds, and seven steals to lead the charge for SANHS in the cagefest sanctioned by the Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (BAP-SBP).
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In the college division, Holy Cross of Davao College (HCDC) Crusaders overwhelmed the DMMA College of Southern Philippines (DCSP), 115-51, while the Agro Industrial Foundation College of the Philippines (AIFCP) Sailors tamed the Rizal Memorial College (RMC) Bulldogs, 94-85.
The Adel Gino Nobleza-coached Crusaders pulled away with a 56-26 lead at halftime and went on to secure the win as Kirk James Blanco, Arthur Japson, Ochate, and Kristopher Lacida combined for 63 points.
Genry Curso and Clemente Ruiz, meanwhile, led the Sailors with 24 and 23 markers, respectively. Curso was hailed best player of the game as he totaled for 10 rebounds, three assists, and three steals.
In the mini event, the University of the Immaculate Conception (UIC) crushed Doña Pilar Learning Center, 74-41, while the Holy Child School of Davao thrashed HCDC, 101-43.
The Stella Maris Academy of Davao (Smad) routed Thompson Christian School, 71-67, while Daniel R. Aguinaldo National High School (DRANHS) downed St. Peter College of Toril, 86-80, in the cadet division. (MLSA)
09-22-2008, 06:02 AM
SEPTEMBER 18, 2008
GAISANO SOUTH CUP
Holy Cross, Agro beat rivals
The Holy Cross of Davao College Crusaders and Agro Industrial Foundation College Sailors clobbered their respective rivals in contrasting fashion in the 6th Gaisano South Cup College Division 1 wars Sunday night at the GS Skygym.
Holy Cross routed the Davao College of Southern Philippines Orange Mus-tangs, 115 - 51 while Agro bested Rizal Memorial College Bulldogs, 94 - 85.
The Crusaders came out big early taking 56 -26 lead after first two quarters and never looked back to barge their way to the winning column.
Kirk James Blanco, Arthur Japson, Ochate and Kristopher Lacida worked together in disposing the Sailors as they combined for 63 points for the Adel Gino Nobleza-mentored Holy Cross squad.
The scrappy playmaker Japson waxed hot early pouring 14 of his total 18 points in the opening canto before prolific forward Blanco went unstoppable in the second half drilling 15 of his 19 total output.
The Mustangs appeared disorganized all game long having a hard time to get their game going. Vergado top scored for DCSP's losing cause with 17 points.
It was Genry Curso played the hero's role for Agro in disposing RMC as the high-leaping guard provided the needed fire power.
Curso, who wowed the crowd with his fanciful moves, scored 24 points on top of ten boards, three assists and three steals.
Clemente Ruiz chipped in 23 points for Agro which will be facing Holy Cross on Sunday at 6:30 p.m..
Modjer Sansangan top scored for RMC with 21 points. Jun Planos had 18 points.
In the girls division encounter, Sta. Ana Natio-nal HS notched its third consecutive victory at the expense of Assumption College of Davao- Team B, 110-16.
Hazel Isonza came out big again for SANHS canning 25 points and added nine boards and seven steals.
In the Cadet category, Stella Maris Academy defeated Thomson Christian School, 71-57 while Daniel Aguinaldo HS beat St. Peter College of Toril, 86-80.
In the Mini division, University of Immaculate Conception beat Doña Pilar Learning Center, 72 -41 while Holy Child School of Davao bested Holy Cross of Davao Col-lege, 101-43.
09-22-2008, 06:06 AM
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Wildcats rip Kings
THE University of Mindanao (UM) Wildcats staged a strong comeback by ripping the Jose Maria College (JMC) Kings, 85-75, in the 6th GS Cup basketball tournament at the Gaisano South Citimall SkyGym Friday night.
Arnold Adormeo sparked the Wildcats with 23 points, four rebounds, four steals and two assists. He was named best player of the game for his performance.
Michael Angalan and Erickson Galacgac added 16 and 15, respectively, to help lift the Manny Nitorreda-coached Wildcats notch their debut win in the 2008 season of the cagefest.
The Wildcats missed action in the league for the past two years.
The Kings, meanwhile, suffered their second straight loss in the BAP-SBP sanctioned tournament sponsored by Unilever, Procter and Gamble and Sunsport.
Jumabon Bulac drilled 17 points to lead the Kings while Ivan Lu made 13.
In junior division 1, Southern Philippines Polytechnic College Inc. (SPPCI) demolished JMC, 56-50, to keep its uneaten record after three outings. JMC dropped to 0-3. (MLSA)
09-22-2008, 06:09 AM
Monday, September 22, 2008
Holy Trinity beats Stella Maris
THE Holy Trinity College Wildcats of General Santos City defeated Stella Maris Academy, 88-79, in the Juniors Division 1 category of the 6th Gaisano South Cup late Saturday afternoon at the GS Skygym.
Ryan Paul Sunio came out as the best player of the game for Holy Trinity, canning in 14 points on top of six rebounds, three steals and 2 assists.
Excell Neon Nocos and Ian Cris Gumawid chipped in 14 and 12 points, respectively, for HTC which was elevated to Junior Division 1 after its players showed adequate talent to compete in the premier division.
Meanwhile, Bea Aira Dela Cruz scored 11 of his total 15 points to power Ateneo De Davao University Team B to victory over Daniel R. Aguinaldo HS, 34-31, in the girls division match.
Dela Cruz, who added 12 rebounds and eight steals, was named best player of the game for maneuvering the AdDU Team B to its second win in four outings.
Lindzi Mae Garcia chipped in six points, 4 of them came also in the pay off period for AdDU Team B, which earlier defeated Stella Maris Academy.
The wards of Pol Torrijos, who departed the Tuna Capital at 9 a.m. and arrived in Davao City barely two hours before the scheduled 3:45 game, appeared sluggish in the first two quarters but came out strong in the second half to notch the victory.
After taking a 40-38 lead at the half, HTC went on fire in the second half to barge into the winning column in the tournament sponsored by Unilever, P&G, Abbott, and Sunsport.
Stella Marris, the 2002 champions, fought hard but just could not keep pace with the much taller Wildcats.
Stella Maris' Nico Te had a big game for his team. Te scored 27 points, including five three-point baskets.
Nico is the younger brother of Nelson Te, who steered Stella Maris to its first ever GS Cup title in 2002 along with now San Beda College Red Lion John Paul Escobal.
09-24-2008, 07:23 AM
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Crusaders sink Sailors
THE Holy Cross of Davao College (HCDC) Crusaders sank the Agro-Industrial Foundation College of the Philippines (AIFCP) Sailors, 103-81, in their college division 1 match in the GS Cup basketball tournament at the Gaisano South (GS) Citimall SkyGym Sunday.
Arthur Japson led the charge for the Crusaders with 18 points, seven rebounds and two assists while his teammates Bryan Rosete and Kirk James Blanco chipped in 15 and 13 points, respectively, to complete the rout.
Sailors' Eugene Torres, who was ejected in the final three minutes and four seconds of the fourth quarter, scored game-high 29 points.
The Crusaders now tote a clean 2-0, win-loss record, while the Sailors dropped 1-1 in the cagefest sanctioned by Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (BAP-SBP) regional director Regino "Boy" Cua.
In junior division 1, the Holy Trinity College of General Santos City also grabbed its second straight win at the expense of Jose Maria College (JMC) that got its fourth straight defeat.
HTC's Ian Crir Gumawid was named best player of the game by drilling 13 points on top of his five rebounds and three steals.
Rey Frances Sunio added 11 and Ryan Paul Sunio sank 10 for the Pol Torrijos-coached HTC.
Fernan Milan and Gian Jaca, meanwhile, scored identical nine points for JMC.
Games will resume on Thursday. (MLSA)
09-25-2008, 06:24 AM
SEPTEMBER 24, 2008
GAISANO SOUTH CUP
Crusaders pesky defense sinks Sailors
Holy Cross of Davao College Crusaders banked on their defense to demolish the Agro Industrial Foundation College Sailors, 103-81 and notch their second win in the 6th Gaisano South Cup College Division 1 last Sunday night at the jampacked GS Skygym.
The Crusaders quickly went into a full court press right from the opening tip off that hounded the Sailors who had a hard time breaking the pesky defensive alignment of their opponents.
Both teams managed to trade baskets in the opening canto where Holy Cross was only up by a match stick, 21-20 after ten minutes of play.
But the wards of Adel Gino Nobleza broke away in the second period converting most of their rivals’ turnovers.
Holy Cross outscored Agro 34-16 in the second quarter en route to a 55- 36 half time advantage that put the Sailors at bay.
Arthur Japson proved his worth for the 2004 champion Holy Cross team, playing well in both ends of the floor.
Japson, a former Jose Rizal University Bomber in the NCAA, drilled in 18 points, including 13 first half points on top of seven boards and two steals.
Bryan Jones Rosete and Kirk James Blanco who had 15 and 13 points respectively also came out big time for Holy Cross which will next face Jose Maria College on Sunday at 6:30 p.m..
Eugene Torres who was ejected from the game in the 3:03 mark of the pay off period had 29 points for Agro which dropped to 1 - 1 win loss record.
In Junior Division 1 encounter, Holy Trinity College trounced Jose Maria College, 85-55.
Ian Cris Gumawid starred for HTC's victory with 13 points, five boards and three steals.
The victory was the second consecutive for HTC coached by Pol Torrijos who drew a spectacular performance from Ryan Frances and Ryan Paul Sunio.
Ryan Frances chipped in 11 points while Ryan Paul, who powered HTC to victory against Stella Maris Academy last Saturday, had 10 points.
The tournament is sponsored by Unilever, Procter and Gamble, Abbott and Sunsport.
09-28-2008, 07:42 AM
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Bulldogs escape 87-85 win vs Kings
THE Rizal Memorial Colleges (RMC) Bulldogs put up a tight defense to escape with an 87-85 win over the Jose Maria Colleges (JMC) Kings in the 6th Gaisano South (GS) Cup basketball tournament at the GS Citimall SkyGym Friday evening.
Ramfe Rodriguez made up for the Bulldogs' free throw errors in the final minute by drilling his own crucial basket to give his team its first win.
The Bulldogs lost to the Agro Industrial Foundation College of the Philippines (AIFCP) Sailors in college division 1 of the meet sanctioned by Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (BAP-SBP) regional director Regino "Boy" Cua.
Rodriguez led the Bulldogs with a total of 26 points, five rebounds and three steals.
His teammates Kenny Isik and Robert Abao also lived up to their billing. Isik canned 20 points including two three-pointers that steered RMC's rally in the second quarter while Abao made 13 points on top of his 13 boards.
Samuel Salvador, meanwhile, sank 13 points to lead the Kings' losing cause.
In another match, the Holy Child School of Davao (HCSD) Reds edged Philippine Women's College (PWC), 67-66, to remain unbeaten after two outings in junior division 1.
Reds' Rex Sinilong was named best player of the game with 18 points, eight rebounds, five steals and three assists. (MLSA)
09-29-2008, 05:48 AM
SEPTEMBER 29, 2008
GAISANO SOUTH CUP
Araneta, Ateneo girls
drub DRANHS 67-29
Ateneo de Davao University stamped its class over Daniel R. Aguinaldo High School, slashing out a 67-29 victory in the Girl's Division of the 6th Gaisano South Cup last Saturday at the GS Sky-gym.
Tara Shane Araneta led the charge for Ateneo which appeared erratic in the first two quarters but came out strong in the second half to notch its second win in as many games.
Playing center/forward, Araneta, a five foot-six third year high school student, poured in 15 points on top of ten boards, seven steals and three assists to grab the best player of the game citation.
Ateneo hotshot Trisha Anne Piatos, who was substituted midway in the third canto due to a left hand sting but returned in the final period, finished the game with 12 points.
But they are not the only top performer for Ateneo coached by Caloy Salvador who used all his ten present players and managed to score points.
Rizza Mae Andrade had 8 points, Reena Mae Andico drilled 7, Darlene Lallen, Patricia Dominique Gumban and Krystine Tim-tim scored 6 each, Noelle Kristine Divinagracia canned 4 and Ella Hilda and Estefanie Dayanghirang had 2.
Jamie Marie Chan scored 12 points for DRANHS which dropped with a 1-3 win loss record in the tournament backed by Unilever, Procter and Gamble and Sunsport.
In the College Division 1 encounter, the University of Mindanao Wildcats overwhelmed the Davao College of Southern Philippines Orange Mustangs, 79 - 62.
Arnold Adormeo starred for UM drilling in 20 points with five boards, three steals and three assists.
In the College Division 2, Davao Central College notched its second straight triumph at the expense of AMA Computer College, 95 - 88.
In the Mini division, Holy Child School of Davao remained undefeated in six games by besting Ateneo de Davao University, 83 - 81 while Universi-ty of Immaculate Conception tamed Holy Cross of Davao, 103 - 31.
09-30-2008, 06:31 AM
6th Gaisano South Cup: UM Wildcats nip DCSP Mustangs, 79-62 for 2nd win
By Jon Develos* *Published : 2008-09-29
Title-contender University of Mindanao Wildcats scored their second win at the expense of Davao College of Southern Philippines Orange Mustangs, 79-62 in the ongoing elimination round of the 6th Gaisano South Cup College Division I, Saturday at the Gaisano South Citimall Skygym.
Arnold Adormeo led the scoring chores for the Wildcats with 20 points on top five rebounds, three steals and three assists making him the choice for best player of the game.
Adormeo was backed by Michael Angalan and Gryan Mendoza who chipped in with 18 and 14 baskets, respectively to counter DCSP’s duo of Rick Elisan and Jack Duremdez who finished with 18 and 12 points, in that order on a losing effort.
The Mustangs suffered their second setback in the league sanctioned by the BAP-SBP Region XI chapter.
In the College Division II, Davao Central College scored their second win after beating AMA Computer College, 95-88. Philip Canada led DCC with a double-double 18 points and 14 boards.
Ateneo de Davao University shared Saturday’s list of winners after beating Daniel R. Aguinaldo High, 67-29 in the Girls Category led by Tara Shane Areneta’s 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Trisha Ann Piatos and Rizza Mae Andrade backed Araneta with 12 and eight baskets, respectively.
10-02-2008, 06:03 AM
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Kings secure finals seat in GS cagefest
THE Jose Maria College (JMC) Kings booked a finals seat after beating Emar Human Environmental College (EHEC) Red Horse, 107-92, in the 2008 Champions League semifinals at the Gaisano South (GS) Citimall SkyGym Tuesday night.
Joshua Adalid sparked the Kings with 21 points, while Bryan Montero, John Capilar and Jay-R de Guzman drilled 19, 18 and 16 points, respectively.
Ronnel Bantila canned in 20 points for Emar's losing cause in the meet sanctioned by Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (BAP-SBP) regional director Regino "Boy" Cua.
The Kings pulled away with a 20-point lead in the first canto and never looked back to secure the much-needed victory.
They will play for the crown opposite the winner between the University of Mindanao (UM) Wildcats and Agro-Industrial Foundation College of the Philippines (AIFCP) Sailors at 6 p.m. Thursday.
The Wildcats and Sailors were still battling for the last finals slot as of this writing Wednesday. (MLSA)
10-04-2008, 09:05 AM
Saturday, October 04, 2008
UM Wildcats battle Sailors in GS Cup
THE University of Mindanao (UM) Wildcats will try to keep their clean slate when they clash with the Agro-Industrial Foundation College of the Philippines (AIFCP) Sailors in the 6th Gaisano South (GS) Cup at the GS Citimall Sky Gym Saturday.
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The Wildcats tote a 2-0, win-loss record while the Sailors have a 1-1 card in the cagefest sanctioned by Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (BAP-SBP) regional director Regino "Boy" Cua.
The 7 p.m. game pits the league leader Holy Cross of Davao College (HCDC) Crusaders against division defending champion Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) Blue Knights.
The Crusaders won all their first three assignments, while Pocholo Elegino coached Blue Knights also won their debut game.
GS Citimall Ad and Promo head Karla Paleromo Corcino said Friday that Saturday's games are considered a mega double header.
"These are must-see games as Davao's best collegiate squads collide against each other," Corcino said.
The GS Cup is the longest running youth cage tournament in Mindanao with another milestone of attracting teams from General Santos City. (MLSA)
10-06-2008, 05:29 AM
Monday, October 06, 2008
Crusaders post fourth straight win in GS Cup
THE Holy Cross of Davao College Crusaders clobbered defending champion Ateneo De Davao University Blue Knights, 63-43, to extend their winning streak to four in the 6th Gaisano South Cup College Division 1 Saturday night before a capacity crowd at GS Skygym.
The Crusaders banked on their second stringers to remain undefeated and take a solo lead in the standing, one game ahead of University of Mindanao Wildcats, who tamed Agro Industrial Foundation College Sailors, 90-76, for their third win in as many games.
Prolific forward Levi Ochate had a double-double performance to lead the charge for Holy Cross, which showed excellent teamwork.
Ochate, who is undeniably short of his position but managed to keep pace with the much-taller big men, poured in 10 points aside from getting 10 rebounds, three steals, and three assists.
Holy Cross, coached by Adel Gino Nobleza, also drew huge showing from Michael Rosal and Bryan Jones Rosete, who had 12 and nine points, respectively.
Ateneo managed to break Holy Cross's bread and butter pressure defense, but the Blue Knights could not find their shots to sink all game long.
Last year's season MVP Miguel Solitaria and Finals ace player Richard Madelo had a hard time drilling in their shots.
Solitaria, touted as the "King Blue Knight," went 5-of-15 from the field and two for six from the stripe for 12 points. Madelo was 4-of-18 from the field.
It was only Matt Cabigas who played well for Ateneo, which dropped to 1-1 win loss record in the tournament backed by Unilever, Procter and Gamble and Sunsport.
10-08-2008, 06:44 AM
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
UM Wildcats play JMC Kings today
THE University of Mindanao (UM) Wildcats play against the Jose Maria College (JMC) Kings in the 2008 Champions League Davao City finals at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Gaisano South (GS) Citimall SkyGym.
Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (BAP SBP) regional director Regino "Boy" Cua bared this to sportswriters Thursday through tournament director Rico Jhone Biliran.
The winner in the Wildcats-Kings collision will face General Santos City's number 2 team Ramon Magsaysay Memorial College at 1:30 p.m. while the loser will play against General Santos City's number 1 Holy Trinity College at 3 p.m. in the regional semifinals Thursday.
Arnold Adormeo, Michael Angalan and Erickson Galacgac are expected to lead the charge for the Wildcats while the Kings will rely on the services of Jumabon Bulac and Ivan Lu.
The regional semis winners will then clash for the title and the slot to the upcoming Champions League national finals. (MLSA)
10-09-2008, 08:31 PM
OCTOBER 9, 2008
GAISANO SOUTH CUP
PWC Patriots escape
John Paul College Saints
The Philippine Women’s College Patriots managed to even out their win-loss record in the ongoing 6th Gaisano South Cup basketball tournament 1-1 after escaping the John Paul II College Saints with a 72-68 victory in the college division two of the city’s biggest school based basketball league last Sunday.
Jayriff Lucero led the charge for PWC with a total of 21 points, 15 rebounds and two blocks while Adan Arevalo and Osmer Chan added 22 and 18 points respectively.
Henry Romarate had 19 points, while Bernie Canada and Darwin Sumampong had 16 and 15 markers each for the Saints but were not able to completely stop their rivals in the closing minutes of the ballgame.
On the other hand, for the junior division one, the Agro Industrial Foundation College Sea Horses bagged their 4th victory in the series against the Ateneo De Davao Blue Knights 91-82 as best player Donald Pelantes poured in 38 points, nine rebounds, five steals and two assists. Also contributing to their cause was Reden Celda with 19 markers and Rodel Cabonilas with 16 points.
Leading the Blue Knights were Janus Bul-seco and Jess Evangelio who combined for 31 points (19-12).
On the other hand, for the girls division, Ateneo De Davao U-team A bounced back by defeating Assumption College of Davao-team B by a whopping 91-8 with Trisha Anne Piatos scoring 30 points, seven steals, six assists and hauling in four rebounds.
Helping her out were teammates Patricia Do-minique Gumban and Ella Hilda Dayanghirang and Rizza Mae Andrade with 10 points a piece.
Meanwhile, Davao Central College also de-feated Jose Maria College 69-67 in the juniors division one while DCC beat Thompson Christian High 93-67 in the cadet class. ADDU whipped Stella Maris Academy of Davao in the mini division for its sixth straight loss 118-23 in the mini category.
The 6th GS Cup Basketball League is backed by Unilever, Procter and Gamble and Sunsport.
10-20-2008, 07:30 AM
Holy Trinity, SPPCI rout foes
By Jon Develos* *Published : 2008-10-17
Holy Trinity College notched its fourth consecutive win at the expense of Davao Central College, 103 – 66 in the 6th Gaisano South Cup Junior Division1 at the Gaisano South Citimall Sky gym.
Holy Trinity had five players scoring double figures to remain undefeated and shared the lead with Holy Child School of Davao and Southern Philippines Polytechnic College in the team standings.
Cris Gumawid poured in 16 points to lead all scorers for Holy Trinity which also subdued Davao City National High School the day before. Dodong Simon chipped in 14 markers while Boy Rama and Frances Sunio added 11 each. Ryan Sunio had 10.
DCC coached by Juvic Sucayre fought hard with its pressure defense but fell short to absorb its fourth setback in six outings with Arvin Baritua finishing with 25 points on a losing effort.
In other match, Southern Philippines Polytechnic College downed Agro Industrial Foundation College on a come from behind victory, 84 – 79
Ronald Bangoy led the charge for SPPCI with 32 points while Hector Alegre added 21 points while Miko Abasola chipped in 14 for Bambi Santander-mentored squad.
Reden Celda paced Agro with 22 points on a losing effort only to dropped at 3 – 2.
The tournament is sponsored by Unilever, Procter & Gamble and Sunsport.
11-12-2008, 07:02 AM
GAISANO SOUTH CUP
Ateneo drubs UM, 71-57
It was an all Ateneo De Davao Blue Knights show as the defending champions clobbered University of Mindanao Wildcats, 71-57 last Saturday evening in the ongoing 6th Gaisano South Cup College Division 1 wars at the jampacked GS Skygym.
Skipper Richard Madelo played the hero in the Blue Knights huge victory that put an end to the Wildcats four game winning streak.
Madelo, the last year's finals MVP, poured in 11 of his total 20 points in the third quarter where Ateneo pulled way en route to its second victory in three outings.
Downed 26-27 at the half, the Blue Knights coached by Pochollo Elegino opened the second half with a 10-0 run to grab the lead at 36-27.
Prolific forward Eric Cabigas and Miguel Solitaria chipped in 15 and 9 markers respectively for Ateneo which also drew good performances from John Hiquial, Nathaniel Sencio and Bler Balbuena who wowed the crowd with his excellent get away moves.
The Wildcats tried to bounce back in the pay off period behind Arnold Adormeo and Michael Angalan but the momentum never shifted to their side as the Blue Knights managed to dictate the tempo of the game. Ador-meo paced UM with 20 points. Angalan had 10.
In the Junior Division 1, the visiting Holy Trinity College of Gen. Santos City remained undefeated with an 89 – 70 victory over Ateneo de Davao University.
11-13-2008, 01:53 PM
NOVEMBER 13, 2008
GAISANO SOUTH CUP
DCSP upsets Ateneo; Holy Cross remains undefeated
It took one month and a half for the Davao College of Southern Philippines to make it to the winning column but the long wait has paid off in a more fitting conquest as it came at the expense of the defending champion.
The Mustangs shocked the Ateneo de Davao University Blue Knights pulling off a 71 - 70 victory last Sunday night in the ongoing 6th Gaisano South Cup College Division 1 at the GS Skygym.
Ric Dickson Elisan, Jack Duremdez and Neil Cuico dished out a superb performance for the Mus-tangs who came out strong early.
The win ended the Tigatto-based squad’s annoying four game losing skid that put its chances of making it to the final four at bay.
Elisan poured in 20 points, 14 of which came in the second half, for the Mustangs who were up by 6, 18 - 12 after the first ten minutes of play. The Mus-tangs took a 32 - 28 lead at the half.
The high-flying Duremdes, who put up a great defense on Ateneo 's go-to-guy Miguel Solitaria, and Cuico chipped in 15 points apiece for the Allan Josol-mentored DCSP which will be facing RMC on today at 5 p.m.
Richard Madelo top scored for Ateneo's losing cause with 14 while Eric Cabigas had 13.
In the first game, the Holy Cross of Davao College Crusaders walloped the Rizal Memorial College Bulldogs, 95 - 85 to extend their winning streak to five.
Banking on its bread and butter full court press, Holy Cross remained undefeated in five games to secure the top spot of the standings.
Jonard Pinto had a great debut for the Crusaders drilling in 19 points on top of six rebounds.
Skipper Arthur Japson also had a big game for Holy Cross which is eyeing to sweep the elimination round when it takes on University of Mindanao.
Japson scored 21 points but it was his defensive stops, stealing the ball seven times, that mattered most in naming him as the best player of the game. Levi Ochate had 19 markers for Holy Cross.
07-24-2009, 07:02 PM
GS Cup opens August 15
Monday, July 20, 2009
THE Gaisano South Cup 7th Season kicks off on August 15 with a record field competing for the grandest school-based league.
For the first time, a college women’s category is featured in the tournament, which touted the GS Cup as one of the best inter-school leagues in the country.
The Holy Trinity College of General Santos City and a power-house collegiate team from Compostela Valley Province are entered in the centerpiece senior men's competition.
A total of seven teams are also expected to compete in the newly senior women's division that brought the total number of participating squads to 73 in this year's season.
The league will also feature competition in boy's mini, boy's cadet, girl's junior and boy's junior.
Invited teams can get the forms and other documents from 1 to 5 p.m. daily at the 5th floor Gaisano Grand Citimall Entertainment Center.
Deadline of submission of entries is on August 1.
08-02-2009, 06:46 AM
‘I love this game!’: Mario Emmanuel Bonleon
By Marianne L. Saberon-Abalayan
GROWING up with his dad who was a former Philippine Basketball League (PBL) player, with uncles and cousins who are also into the sport, made it easier for Mario Emmanuel Tupaz Bonleon to also embrace basketball.
But the catch? He stands six-foot-two and he's just 15. Where else would he get the genes but from tall parents Mario Emmanuel, now a basketball trainer and coach, and Gerlie, a casino host at Pagcor.
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"Basketball is our family's No. 1 sport. It is my passion. I love this game!" Embons, as he is fondly called by his loved-ones, said.
He learned the ropes of the sport at two years old with his dad as his coach.
Barely 10 years old, he formed part of the team that won the Davao City championship of the Milo Best League 2004 Small Basketeers Division.
This same team topped the regionals but only settled for the runner-up honors in the national finals. All these in his first year of playing competitively.
He first experienced winning a national championship in the Milo Best League 2006 Small Basketeers Division.
He shared, "It felt great winning in a national tournament."
The Holy Child School of Davao (HCSD) junior also had a stint in the Batang PBA 2006 event in Manila where his team finished runner-up and he was given the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award.
In 2007, Embons again powered his squad to sweep the provincial, regionl and national titles of the Milo Passerrelle.
He won back-to-back MVP titles in the Gaisano South (GS) Cup cadet division in 2007and 2008.
Just this year, Embons was instrumental in Davao's title victory in the Nokia NBTC regional finals held in Cagayan de Oro City and Rexona SBP 33 National Finals. He was also a member of the Davao Regional Athletic Association (Davraa) secondary boys team that captured the silver medal in the Palarong Pambansa held in Tacloban City. He got another silver in the Nokia NBTC National Finals in Manila.
But his greatest achievement so far was representing the Team Philippines to the Fiba 33 of the Asian Youth Games in Singapore just recently. No less than former PBA coach Eric Altamirano coached the team.
"I'm so proud to have played for the country and I look forward to competing in Vietnam for the Asian Indoor Games in October," he added.
He who considers Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and his Dad as greatest basketball players, however, had to go through the rigors of discipline.
He said. "I wake up early during school days and I have to to complete 60 set of pushups and 150 times sit-ups. In the evenings, I do some dribbling and more pushups and sit-ups before sleeping."
He continued that he endures his daily routine with supportive parents, saying: "I am what I am now because of the inspiration I get from my Mom and Dad."
He whiles away time by playing computer, texting and of course, sleeping.
His greatest dream is to become an NBA player.
"That's every basketball player's dream. Who knows, it's just a dream," he ended.
Well, we can never know. But Embons might just be the first Dabawenyo to ever invade the NBA. Call that a vision, a dream?
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 2, 2009.
09-29-2009, 09:25 AM
Wildcats trounce Sailors
Monday, September 28, 2009
VISITING Holy Trinity College (HTC) GenSan Wildcats downed the Agro-Industrial Foundation College of the Philippines (AIFCP) Sailors, 98-85, in the Gaisano South (GS) Cup Basketball Tournament at the GS Grand Citimall Sky Gym on Sunday.
Meylan Landicho sparked the Wildcats with 29 points, while Reymar Roxas pitched in 24 markers to lift the team to its debut win in college division 1.
Topher Masaglang and Wendy Versoza scored identical 11 points for the Wildcats in the cagefest sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).
Clemente Ruiz, on his part, drilled in 20 points to lead scoring for the Sailors as Jay Powao added 18 and Eugene Torres accounted for 15.
The Sailors dropped to a 1-1, win-loss record.
The longest-running youth cagefest also features the girls, mini, cadet and juniors divisions. (MLSA)
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 29, 2009.
10-01-2009, 09:14 AM
Emar battles DCC; AdDU faces HCSD
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
THE Emar Learning Center cagers will battle the Davao Central College (DCC) dribblers when the Gaisano South (GS) Cup basketball tournament resumes at 4 p.m. Friday.
Both teams are entered in the junior division 1 of the meet sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).
In another match, the Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) will clash against Holy Child School of Davao (HCSD) at 5:30 p.m.
On Saturday, the Ateneo Blue Knights will collide with the Holy Cross of Davao College (HCDC) Crusaders at 6 p.m. on Saturday in college division 1.
The Rizal Memorial Colleges (RMC) Bulldogs, meanwhile, will test the mettle of the Agro-Industrial Foundation College of the Philippines (AIFCP) Sailors at 6 p.m. Sunday. (MLSA)
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 1, 2009.
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