Reds in SEAOIL league; football comeback

SEAOIL, a new player in the petroleum distribution industry, is bankrolling an elite basketball league.
The 16-team national finals started opened last May 22 and will run until the 25th at the West Negros University gym in Bacolod City.
Holy Child School of Davao is the Davao representative to the finals and we wish the Reds all the best.
Coaches Eldie Cunanan, Tating Sorrosa and Roger Rabago have been working very hard to prepare the players against the best high school teams in the country.
Thanks, also, to the parents who have been very, very supportive of the children and, of course, to the management of Holy Child School for having so much faith in the capability of the coaching staff and of the players.
A national title for the multi-titled Reds is always possible.
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Excitement is in the air again as Top Rank CEO Bob Arum announced that it’s a go for the November 12 fight between our champion Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Fans have been expecting a Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. bout, but the way things are going and the reported ridiculous whopping $100-million asking prize of Floyd, it’s not going to happen and it may never happen.
Paul Williams, Andre Berto, Devon Alexander would also want a crack at Pacquiao, but again, it is Arum who makes the final say, not even Pacquiao.
And so, Pacquiao-Marquez III is one event we will be waiting for eagerly.
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The Davao Football Association almost made it to the finals of the PFF Suzuki Under-23 National Cup only to lose to long-time rival Bacolod, 2-3 in the semifinals.
Bacolod had been heavily-favored to make it to the finals because of the presence of a solid line-up compared to Davao which has to rely on a few scoring players.
Bacolod, where I enjoyed so its seafoods with University of Mindanao sports director Joaquin “Boy” Sarabia during several National University Games coverages, is a football country and believe me, they treat football like a religion, the way it is treated in nearby Iloilo City.
So, losing is never an option for the Bacolod team on their own turf.
The Davao loss is a clear indication that it cannot rely on a few outstanding players. It must have a solid line-up.
Our Davao coaches are not happy dealing with thet heart-breaking defeat. We are used to winning too, in national football championships. But to play outside Davao brings a lot of pressure and the unfamiliar playground is just one of the factors to be considered.
So, what must we do? Davao must go back to the drawing board and analyze what went wrong, so that next time around everything will go right and avenge the agonizing defeat by winning next year. That for sure will be one of the biggest football comebacks in Davao football history.

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