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Tuesday, July 22, 2014
COLLEGE basketball is back and fans are excited again to see their idols in the favorite sport of Pinoys, not necessarily that of PNoy, in different colors.
The Greens of De La Salle University turned red-faced after Ateneo de Manila University surprised the UAAP defending champion on Sunday. The Green Archers are now 0-2 while the Blue Eagles are on its way to reclaim the title.
University of Sto. Tomas likewise made its Yellow-clad supporters jump in glee as the Glowing Goldies upset Far Eastern University by two points in the other game.
The Red Warriors of University of the East are likewise on a roll giving its fans hope as it scores back-to-back wins. In contrast Adamson University, despite coaches Kenneth Duremdes and Marlowe Aquino, has yet to taste a victory.
The Mutt and Jeff tandem of the Falcons may have given glorious years for their Alma Mater but leading AU from the bench is another thing. Losing coaches are always on edge as school officials hate being at the bottom of the standings.
Lucky for Ricky Dandan, a former mentor of Bacolod's University of St. La Salle and University of the Philippines, who was picked by his long-time friend Bo Perasol as assistant coach for ADMU.
Dandan is remembered by local basketball aficionados as the Stingers' coach who kicked a bucket with water at Po Hang gym at the height of a Negros Basketball Association game.
Furious over biased officiating, he led his team to walkout of the playing venue only to return after it was announced that the default bond of P25,000 will go to the NBA if his team cannot finish its game.
Dandan and his two assistants, Rico Perez and John Flores, went back to NCR and got coaching jobs in various schools. Perez had a stint with National University while Flores is the current coach of La Salle Greenhills.
Flores shone as the mentor of the Philippine 3-on-3 team which made a name in international competition. He also recruited former Bacolod Tay Tung High School standouts JM Pedrosa and Rafael Minerales last summer for UAAP junior competition.
The two boys were part of a mix-up here involving players which transferred from Iloilo’s St. Joseph Academy to BTTHS.Only Miggy Corteza and Pastor from Cadiz City were left as Samjosef Belangel was likewise recruited by Ateneo.
Tay Tung could have been a powerful squad for the upcoming Nopsscea which opens September 12. And speaking of Nopsscea, it seems it lost its web site in the internet as no data or news could be retrieved from it.
No news is good news.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 22, 2014.