I'm not into UAAP Basketball. I'm not into the PBA. I'm not into the NBA. Don't get me wrong - I like basketball. I daresay it's the best sport I can play, or used to play, hehe. Kaso, hindi lang talaga ako interesado sa mga basketball thingies na yan.
Except for the PABL. The what? The Pisay Alumni Basketball League. The 2005 tournament just kicked off last Sunday (September 18), and Batch 98 scored our first win (vs 05). Yey! Di nga lang ako nakanood. Ay, kaya siguro sila nanalo :P
For a little history of the PABL, more commonly known as Pisay Interbatch (though may iba rin kasi sports tourneys ang alumni so para fair PABL nalang daw), here's something that was posted sa Yahoogroup by Arrow '91:
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Para lang sa info ng mga bago at oldies na rin, yung PISAY alumni basketball interbatch started way back in 1986. For the past 19 years, tuloy-tuloy ang laro except nung 1997 (big jan, ba't nga ba?).
Walang sinabi yung mga Ateneo, La Salle, UP High at iba pa sa ating alumni basketball league...kung patagalan lang ang pag-uusapan. Kaya try natin lahat i-preserve 'tong liga natin at ituloy lang ang laro in the years to come!
Below is the list of champions (as recalled namin ng utol ko of batch 85):
1986- 85 / 1996- 91
1987- 82 / 1997- wala laro
1988- 85 / 1998- 85
1989- 82 / 1999- 85
1990- 85 / 2000- 96
1991- 85 / 2001- 86/87
1992- 85 / 2002- 91
1993- 85 / 2003- 92
1994- 90 / 2004- 91
1995- 85 / 2005- ?
Legend talaga ang Batch 85 with 9 championships. Batch 91 follows with 3!!! Batch 82 with 2. Tapos tig-isa ang 86/87 merger, 90, 92 at 96. Sino kaya dis year?
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Arrow is the main organizer for this year's tourney, along with Jan '92 and my very own Andrew '98. By tradition, though, the batch celebrating their 5th year out of Pisay is the official organizer of the PABL. This year, however, Batch 2000 wasn't able to take on the task. Back in 1997, the same thing happened with Batch 92, though they took over when it was supposed to be Batch 97's turn.
So anong nangyari sa games nung Linggo? Again, posted by Arrow sa Yahoogroup:
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1st WEEK RESULTS
Game 1: Batch 97 - 62, Batch 94 - 36
Thomas Ingles outscored the whole batch 94 team with 37 pts highlighted by 5 3pt. bombs. Mr. Chan led batch '94 with 8 big points. '94 leader Roger Banta was held to 6pts because of very weak knees (galing honeymoon ksi).
Game 2: Batch 96 - 58, Batch 05 - 56
Batch 96 was led by the 23 pts of Pazzicuigan (tama ba?), followed by Duran's 15 pts. In spite of playing with only 5 players and without team leaders Jasper Manlapaz and Mr. Comeback-Player-of-the-Year Jonathan Aguirre, 96 was able to squeeze out the win because of a technical foul slapped on '05 in the last seconds of the game.
Pangandaman scored 29 pts for 05. Next time, please be reminded to field in 5 players at-a-time only inside the court para di kyo ma-technical.
Game 3: Batch 98 - 63, Batch 04 - 51
Batch '98 scoring machine Karlo Hombre, sporting a new look, opened the season with 38pts. Acain had 10pts. This batch, who will again have new uniforms by next week, looks really hungry for a title this year. (We almost had it last year but lost to '91 hehe - Dacs.)
They survived 04's mr. de guzman who exploded with 27 pts. in the first 3 quarters. Napagod na sa 4th and had a lone 3 pt. shot for a total of 30 pts.
Game 4: Batch 91 - 64, Batch 87/90 - 42
The defending champs opened the season with a win against the lone Merger Team of the tournament, batch 87/90. After practicing with the official tournament ball for one month, Armeña scored 27 pts punctuated by a career high 5 3-pt. bombs. MVP for Life Toss Villamil warmed up his season with 18pts in 3 quarters. Manning the center for '91 was Glenn Bernardo who had a double-double game with 11pts, 10 rebounds (ata?) plus a career high 1 out of 4 from the free throw line.
Zed, who is a bank executive, led the Merger with 18pts. Biks Serrano followed with 8 pts. Veteran Lloyd Ecarma ably handled the backcourt for the Merger.
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Bad trip lang kasi Sundays yung laro. If I do make it to any of our Batch's games, that'd mean I'll be in QC 7 days a week (taga-Paranaque po ako), pffft. Mahal ang gas! :P
Let's go Team 98!!! For the win na 'to! ;)
Team 98 at their first PABL 2004 game.