Basketball godfather, huh?

Let me go straight to the point.
Davao Sports Council Inc. President Vic Sai, organizer of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Girl’s Basketball Tournament, inappropriately described his boss, Commissioner Leon Montemayor, as “godfather” of girl’s basketball.
In basketball parlance, that’s foul.
What about Linda Tesoro, Boy Cua, Orly Gonzales?
Can’t you remember, they were the ones who revived women’s basketball development in Davao City years ago by spending their own money?
Linda has to chip in from her income from Tesoro’s Printing Press. Boy has to endure the heat of the sun just to raise money for his family and support basketball. What about Orly? He spent a lot of time and effort, a little money, of course, just to support women’s basketball.
Eventually, Boy found a way for the Gaisano South Cup to absorb women’s basketball development because they have limited funds. And women’s basketball development is still alive up to this very day even without PSC funds, thanks to Linda and Boy.
Now this PSC Girl’s Basketball Tournament.This is a government-sponsored competition.
And now it has a new “godfather”?
Come on Vic Sai, describing the commissioner as “godfather” is foul. He is your godfather, alright, because you benefit from the tournaments he supports like the PSC Chess and Volleyball Tournaments, etc.
Sports godfathers do not use government funds, Vic.
Next time, be careful with your description.
What you did was an offense and an insult to the basketball community.
Forgive me Vic, what you did made me vommit too.


19-year-old champion prepares for bigger fights, to train in Davao City

The newly-crowned champion.(Photo courtesy of the Davao Sportswriters Associatioin) 

Nineteen-year-old Balweg Bangoyan of the Municipality of Jose Abad Santos is the new Philippine Boxing Federation Junior Featherweight champion and he is not stopping.
Training immediately starts for the fighter of Mayor Alexander “Zhander Khan” Wangkay in preparation for bigger fights.
Mayor Wangkay said that the World Boxing Organization official Leon Panuncillo has called him because of their interest on Bangoyan, a third generation professional fighter of the Bangoyan clan. Two-time Philippine champions Arman Bangoyan fought in the middle of 1970s followed by Little Bangoyan in the 1980s.
“We started receiving calls including from Wakee Salud of Cebu who plans to put Balweg in an undercard fight featuring Manny Pacquiao next year in Las Vegas,” said the mayor.
But Mayor Wangkay wants Balweg to hone his skills before the big fights.
“Once he is ready, we will let him fight,” said the mayor, who will base his fighter in Davao City under the watchful eyes of long-time trainer Vicente Joven Adriano.
The five-foot-five Bangoyan was born in Jose Abad Santos on January 18, 1987 and turned professional last year.
He now holds a clean 9-0 win-loss record, seven via knockout and two by unanimous decision.
The latest victory was the championship win over Elper Paganpan of the Yuli Alfante Stable in 10-round undercard last November 14 at the Mall of Asia where World Boxing Council (WBC) top officials were present to see the fight.
“We want to create a name for himself and that everybody will be proud of him,” said the mayor.

DLSU backs out and so UM Wildcats will have to wait long for next game

De La Salle University’s sudden exit from the 2007 Collegiate Champion’s League has affected the schedule of the tournament.

The University of Mindanao Wildcats, the Davao champion, left for Manila on November 13 to prepare for the November 15 date with La Salle.

But for no clear reasons, DLSU backed out from the tournament.  With this, the UM Wildcats will have to wait until November 19 to play the winner between University of the Visayas Lancers and Lyceum University.

 UM Sports Director Joaquin Sarabia and the Wildcats are bored. Thanks to DLSU!

Manny Pacquiao Warriors play better than Duterte Agilas-Goldstar Hardware

It looked like the Duterte Agilas-Goldstar Hardware cagers were on their way to a second win in the MVBA 2nd Season.

But the team of ring idol Manny Pacquiao played better starting in the second quarter and never looked back to score the win, 91-80.

I hope the Agilas-Goldstar will bounce back on November 15 against the same squad in Koronadal City and earn a victory against the visiting Misamis Oriental squad on November 18, 6 p.m., at the Davao City Recreation Center.

To all Davaoeños, please cheer for the Agilas-Goldstar. Entrance is free. Just submit yourself for inspection by the Task Force Davao.

Gene Boyd R. Lumawag

I think Gene Boyd Rodriguez Lumawag was around 16 or 17 years old when he was tapped by then Mirror Asst.Sports Editor Neil Bravo to shoot for the paper in Tagum City where the Southern Mindanao Regional Athletic Association (SMRAA) was held years ago, during the time when photojournalists do not use yet digital cameras.

One thousand and 93 days ago, Boboy, a rising star in photojournalism, was gunned down in Jolo, Sulu for reasons up to now, we do not know.

Boboy like his father, Sunstar Davao Photo Editor Renato, was a member of the prestigious Davao Sportswriters Association (DSA).

 Whenever the DSA was tapped to cover the events, Boboy was one of those who delivered the best photos for the papers.

Up to now, justice has eluded Gene Boyd, his family and friends specially from Mindanews where he works as Photo Editor.

Photojournalists shoots daily for their readers.

They should never be gunned down.

Duterte Agilas-Goldstar Hardware host Manny Pacquiao Warriors

November 12 (Monday) — Xavier University Gym
6:00PM Holcim Pryce Pharma-MisOr vs. Arthro Kontra Arthritis

November 13 (Tuesday) — Almendras Gym
6:00PM Goldstar Hardware Duterte Agilas vs. MP Warriors-GenSan

November 15 (Thursday) — South Cotabato Gym and Cultural Center
6:00PM MP Warriors-GenSan vs. Goldstar Hardware Duterte Agilas

November 16 (Friday) — South Cotabato Gym and Cultural Center
6:00PM MP Warriors-GenSan vs. Holcim Pryce Phrma-MisOr

November 18 (Sunday) — Almendras Gym
6:00PM Goldstar Hardware Duterte Agilas vs. Holcim Pryce Pharma-MisOr


M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu City 8-2
Cebu Landmaster-Mandaue 8-2
Arthro Kontra Arthritis 3-6
MP Warriors-GenSan 3-4
Holcim Pryce Pharma-MisOr 2-5
Duterte Agilas-Davao 1-6
Game on November 13 – Almendras Gym
6:00PM Duterte Agilas-Goldstar Hardware vs. MP Warriors-GenSan
     DAVAO CITY – Valuable playoff position in the 2007 Mindanao Visayas Basketball Association (MVBA) Second Conference is at stake on Tuesday night, November 13, when the Goldstar Hardware-backed Duterte Agilas-Davao hosts the MP Warriors-GenSan at the Almendras Gym starting at 6:00PM.
     Only two games separate Tuesday night’s protagonists, with the Warriors of boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao leading the Mindanao Division with a 3-4 win-loss card.  The Agilas are at 1-6 while idle Holcim Pryce Pharma-MisOr of Gov. Oscar Moreno is a game ahead of them at 2-5.  MisOr was playing Arthro Kontra Arthritis-Cebu at press time last night at the Xavier University Gym.
     Buoyed by tallying their first ever MVBA franchise win in their last outing against Arthro, 85-83, the Agilas now aim for their first winning streak.  Against Arthro, Coach Rhoel Josol drew great games from scoring machines Fred Sampilo, Bob Cozy Ilanga and Jonjon Gonzaga while burly Boboy Berami combined with twin towers James Razon and Joel Solis in dominating the inside on both ends of the floor.
     On the other hand, MisOr is recovering from its recent road trip of the Visayas Division that ended last Wednesday (November 7) where they lost all three games.  Expect Coach Bong Abad to try new combinations with big men Frank Nailon and Randy Sevilla and guards Ramil Tagupa and Rocky Sanchez who were all revelations in the said trip.  Team leaders Lowell Briones and Anton Villoria will continue to assert their veteran presence.  Another key for MisOr is the health of leading scorer Nathaniel Cruz, who sat out two of their last three road games due to a back injury.
     All three Mindanao Division squads are expected to give it their all in the final week of the 30-game classification stage.  The balance of the schedule involves the three teams playing amongst themselves so a single win can greatly alter the rankings.
     The top teams in each division will earn a bye into the best-of-three division finals. The remaining two teams will slug it out in a separate best-of-three wildcard series with the winner advancing to the division finals.  The Visayas and Mindanao Division champions will meet in another best-of-three affair for the championship of the tournament sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (BAP-SBP) and made possible by ML Kwarta Padala, Nature’s Spring Water, Sulpicio Lines, Accel, Cokaliong Shipping, Reva Sandals, Gameface.Ph and Nike Basketball.
     This early, the Visayas Division picture is clear with M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu City getting the outright division finals berth.  Cebu Landmaster-Mandaue finished with the same record as M. Lhuillier but lost in the tiebreak thus setting a date with Arthro in the Visayas Division wildcard round starting on November 16 at the Mandaue City Cultural and Sports Center.(Anthony Servinio)



UM Head Coach Atty.Manny Nitorreda (right) in this file photo taken during one of the DSA Forum at the Tower Inn. Beside him is Davao City Councilor Peter Laviña, Vice-President of the Davao Sports Council Inc. and Regional Vice-President of the Table Tennis Association of the Philippines in Region XI.(Photo courtesy of the Davao Sportswriters Association)


Davao champion University of Mindanao will face the De La Salle University Green Archers on November 15 in the 2007 Collegiate Champion’s League at the San Juan Arena.
The UM Wildcats under head coach Atty.Manny Nitorreda with assistant coaches Ondo Conda and Tata Banzali bested Ateneo de Davao University, 77-57 to claim the right to represent Davao to the championship.
The Wildcats are entered in Group A along with the University of Visayas Green Lancers and Lyceum University Pirates.
“Ok lang ‘yan. We’ll have a chance to play against the Green Archers,” said UM Sports Director Joaquin Sarabia.

Group B is composed of the UE Red Warriors, STI Olympians, FEU Tamaraws and MLQU Stallions. Group C members are the SBC Red Lions, Sacred Heart College Stallions, UST Growling Tigers, Mapua Cardinals while Group D members are ADMU Blue Eagles, San Sebastian College Stags, JRU Bombers and West Negros Colleges Mustangs.
A win by the Wildcats will move them to the Round of 8 against the winner of UV and Lyceum.
Far Eastern University has joined the Round of 8 after beating Manuel L. Quezon University, 91-80.
The Wildcats are flying to Manila on November 13.

Just keeping the sports community posted.