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amdgc82
10-13-2008, 06:35 AM
Monday, October 13, 2008
Friendship Cup opens with a bang
By Roderick Osis
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UNDOUBTEDLY, the Friendship Cup Basketball Invitational Tournament now holds the largest gathering of amateur basketball tournament north of Manila as it opened its 19th conference for the 10-year-old tournament.

Seventy-four teams will be seeing action in the largest pool so far, pitting some of the top basketball teams in Baguio and Benguet.

"Friendship Cup is not only an avenue for basketball players to hone their skills but also an avenue for players to develop camaraderie and friendship," said Mike Perez, who gave an inspirational message to the more than 1,000 amateur ball players in the city and Benguet.

Perez added that during their stint in the Friendship Cup when he was still coaching Tea House, he never thought of any other goal but to win the championship and had never set his sight on the most coveted award in the tournament, the Friendship Trophy.

Winning the friendship trophy has now become the goal of most teams, who have joined the league that epitomizes the real essence of the tournament, inculcating friendship among teams and team members participating in the basketball tournament.

From its humble beginning in 1998 with only eight teams seeing action in the first year of its existence, the Friendship Cup has slowly grew into a sport spectacle attracting amateur players not only in Baguio and Benguet but also in nearby provinces such as La Union, Pangasinan, and Ilocos.

The Friendship Cup was conceptualized by members of the Saint Louis University (SLU) Boys High Batch 1980 to bring a competitive level of amateur basketball in the city, with Philippine National Bank winning the first season of the tournament joined by Department of Trade and Industry, Texas Instruments, Bats 80, Tea House.

Another side event for the Friendship Cup is the annual selection of Ms. Friendship Cup chosen from the pool of muses by the various teams participating in the tournament. The selected Ms. Friendship Cup is given the honor to do the ceremonial toss in the opening game.

Beneco, which recently topped bracket A of the Baguio Centennial Cup, will have its hands full against Star Info Net and the UC Jaguars will see action in the three team Open Division.

JVG Dental center on the other hand who placed second to Beneco will pace bracket A of the tournament with Tea House, RSQ Warriors, Dangwa Driblers, Curamed and Baguio College of Technology completing the cast.

There will two divisions in brackets D, E, and F while brackets C and the 40-above will only have one division each.

Unlike the Baguio-Benguet Educational Athletic League, which pits Baguio and Benguet's colleges and universities, the Friendship Cup pits some establishments and other groups who are avid supporters of the greatest ballgame in the Philippines.

amdgc82
10-13-2008, 06:37 AM
Monday, October 13, 2008
Beneco draws first blood in F-Cup opening
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CANDIDO Gerard Versoza stole an inbound against Star Info Net and gave a timely pass to teammate Emerson Esgana in the dying seconds of the fourth period to force overtime in the opening games of the 19th Conference of the Friendship Cup.

Beneco then pulled away in overtime to secure their first win with a 105-96 victory against a determined Star Info Net in the tenth year of the annual Friendship Cup in the open division.

Star led the Power Distributors by four points going into the final two minutes of regulation but Beneco just refused to die after Bart Parrocha scored an easy two to pull them within a basket with a minute left in the ball game, 80-82.

Mike Bocasan then unleashed a three to give Info Net a five-point lead 80-85 with 41.8 seconds. Reagan Acdong answered back with a trey to pull the power distributors within two again, 85-83 with 31.6 seconds.

Star Info then called for a timeout, setting up Gerry Rigos in the three point arc to seal the possible winning basket with 9.3 seconds left in regulation, 88-83.

Parrocha then answered with a triple of his own in the following ensuing play. The hustle of Versoza in the dying seconds forced a steal in the inbound, which Esgana converted just as time expired.

Both teams exchanged baskets in the first minutes of overtime before Beneco pulled a 93-92 lead with 2:31 left in the overtime then went on to win the ball game.

Star Info Net lead all the way in the ball game before Beneco caught up with them late in the fourth quarter enjoying a nine-point advantage going into the final period 55-66, with their suffocating defense against Beneco.

Esgana led the Power Distributors with his game high 25 points to go with his four assists, with two blocks and two steals but Parrocha had an almost quadruple double performance with his 13 points, 11 rebounds, nine steals, and eight assists.

Debuting Beneco players Versoza, the son of Beneco general manager Gerry, who was a Blue Eagle in college, and Jovelle Abaring had also monstrous performance in the ball game for the Power Distributors with the latter adding 20 points to go with his 14 rebounds including two blocks and a steal while Versoza had 15 points to go with his four assists and the crucial steal.

Acdong also chipped in 23 points for Beneco to go with his five rebounds.

Star Info Net was paced by beanpole Atong Cariño's 18 points with six rebounds and one assist.

Former BCF Shield stand out Bocasan contributed 15 points with six assists including two rebounds. Rigos also contributed 15 points including nine rebounds and one steal while Ed Eugenio chipped in 11 points with his five rebounds and one block. (Roderick Osis)

amdgc82
10-20-2008, 06:37 AM
Monday, October 20, 2008
Dangwa humbles BCT in Friendship Cup
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DANGWA Dribblers scored a pulsating two point win to seal their first win against the Baguio College of Technology (BCT), 94-92, in bracket AB of the 19th season of the Friendship Cup Basketball Invitational at the UC Gymnasium.

The Dribblers scored a 6–0 run with less than one minute remaining in the ball game to force the overtime anchored on the trio of Michael Hermosado, Arman Pasion, and Efren Mariano after being down, 79–85.

BCT then was forced to play another five minutes minus its marquee players Henry de Guzman and Guillermo Cutamoro who were forced to sit out in the first two minutes in overtime due to muscle cramps.

But Leo Abaya had to carry the cudgels for the voc- tech school which led by three with 3:23 minutes left in overtime.

"It was just luck, because their team lost some of their players," Dribblers head coach Ferdinand Dawkins said.

BCT started the game on high spirits grabbing a 16–28 lead after the opening quarter then rolled to another 36–47 halftime lead. At the end of the third quarter, the Dribblers caught up with BCT to even the contest at 63.

Hermosado then scored the winning basket with a mid-range jump shot with BCT failing to convert in the dying seconds of the overtime.

At least four players in the BCT lineup scored in double digits even out-rebounding the Dangwa Dribblers.

Cutamoro had a 28-point output to go with his six rebounds, five assists and three steals. Abaya scored 25 adding five rebounds, four steals and three assists.

De Guzman on the other hand had 17 to go with his monstrous 20 rebounds, five steals and an assist.

Celestino Latawan meanwhile had 15 markers, five assists, two rebounds and one steal after fouling out in the overtime with 2:54 minutes remaining. Vanderbelt Diaz contributed 13 rebounds to go with his six point performance.

Hermosado topped Dangwa with his 27 points while Pasion had 18 points including 8 rebounds and two steals. Pasion chipped in 16 with five steals, two assists and one rebound. Junifer Felipe had 15 points, two assists and one rebound.

Seventy-four teams will be seeing action in the largest pool so far, pitting some of the top basketball teams in Baguio and Benguet.

From its humble beginning in 1998 with only eight teams seeing action in the first year of its existence, the Friendship Cup has slowly grown into a sport spectacle attracting amateur players not only in Baguio and Benguet but also in nearby provinces such as La Union, Pangasinan, and Ilocos.

The Friendship Cup was conceptualized by members of the Saint Louis University (SLU) Boys High Batch 1980 to bring a competitive level of amateur basketball in the city, with Philippine National Bank winning the first season of the tournament joined by Department of Trade and Industry, Texas Instruments, Bats 80, Tea House. (Roderick Osis)

youngmadskillz
08-05-2010, 01:52 PM
Do you have any idea where this kid Candido Verzosa is now?