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PYD vying in Malaysia

  • Written by Robert Andaya
  • Published in Basketball
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HERE’S good  news to local basketball fans.

The Philippines,  represented by the Pinoy Youth Dreamers, will  participate in the fourth International High School basketball championships scheduled Nov. 26-Dec. 3 at the  CRC   Kulim  in Kedah,  Malaysia.

Headed by PYD president Beaujing Acot and coach Mario Fernandez, the PYD team will play against select teams from  Australia,   Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia, India,  Brunei and host Malaysia.
This  will be the third time that PYD will represent the country in the  annual competition.
“We lost to host  Malaysia  in the  final  last year. But I  hope we can do better this year. The boys have prepared long and hard for this tournament,” said Acot.
“I believe  the team is ready to battle and bring the championship  for  we  have  been practicing for almost  four months  now,” said manager  Pax Pelipell.
The members of the team are Angelo Aniñon  (Pasig Catholic College), Sandre   Banluta  (Siena- Taytay) , Jose  Andres  De Guia  (Pateros Catholic School), Justin Mark Ollesca  (Pasig Catholic ), Ernest Cesar Oliveros (Siena-Taytay), Jan Daniel Geronimo  (Pasig Catholic  College), Elchard Santos (La  Immaculada  Concepcion), Angelo Masagca (San Sebastian College Recoletos), Charles Palaspas   (Pasig Catholic), Carlos Miguel Jacob (Pasig Catholic  College),  DwayneBrentFabroa  (St. Margaret), Allen  Valeriano  (St.  Lawrence Foundation ),  Alexander Perez  (La Consolation College),  Gerben Baguhin (San Beda  College Rizal),  Rufino  Sablaon  lll  (Jesus the Loving Sheperd  Christian College), Kurt  Teaño  (St. Raphael Mary School), Gabriel Douglas Yim (De La Salle Antipolo), Aries Jay Paunil  (La Salle Antipolo), Paul  Raganit  (San Sebastian), and Kenneth  Gonzaga  (La Consolation).
Aside from Acot  and  Fernanddez, the other  officials of  the team are Vengie  Gabales, deputy coach; and Lemerell  Julia, Edgar Valeriano, Roy Asis and Glenda Villaflor, assistant coaches.
The team is scheduled to leave  on  Nov. 25 and will return on  Dec. 4.
The PYD team is supported by Sonny Barrios and Mr. Bernie Atienza of  Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, Susan See of Regent,  Christian Cheng of Aqua Safe, Bread  Story, Waiyip Chong of  Star Bread, James Barraza of JAMAN,  Pax Pelipel of  PP Bus Line, Rain or Shine,  Roger Chan of Xpress Printing, Chairman Joselito De la  Merced and  Josie Macapagal of  Barangay San Antonio, Pasig City and  Kelly Williams.