PCC Warriors seeks end to winless seasons

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Friday, August 15, 2014


AS THE 28th season of the Baguio-Benguet Educational Athletic unfurls at the end of the month, Pines City Colleges is hoping to break a losing spell that spans beyond 2009.

Considered as the whipping boys men’s basketball of the BBEAL, the Warriors feels motivated this season despite the lack of veterans in the squad and the short period of training during the off-season.

Even second year coach Jose Puyao Jr. admits the team needs cohesion to be able to sustain their campaign in the hopes of trying to end five years of winless season starting 2008 except in 2012 where they took a leave of absence in men’s basketball.

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“So far ang concern lang namin is yung stamina tuwing laro at the same time pano kame sasabay sa ibang team,” said Puyao.

But even with the lack of team cohesion and stamina, Puyao said his wards are more than motivated to break into the win column this time.

“Malaking bagay sana if we could win kahit isa lang. Kasi if don’t win this time, baka hindi na kame makasali ulit sa BBEAL ,” Puyao added.

Puyao added although the team is basically compose of rookies, the Warriors will pin their hope on second year player Karl Paragas to lead the squad in their campaign.

The team also lacks height, according to Puyao whose team will have a ceiling of an average 6-foot players as compared to other universities who will parade 6’4 to 6’6 centers.

“Yun talaga ang kulang namin pero I think with our outside shooting we can compensate yung kakulangan namin ng height,” added Puyao who was part of the 2009 – 2011 Warriors squad before he was elevated as head coach.

With a young team, probably the youngest in the league, the Warriors is hoping for the best when the league formally opens August 30 hosted by Baguio College of Technology at the CCDC gym.

University of Baguio Cardinals will eye for their 23th crown in the league after dislodging the University of the Cordilleras Jaguars in an epic three game finale who won back –to – back title in 2011 and 2012, the third for the school after winning their first crown in 1995 in the defunct Baguio – Benguet Collegiate Athletic Association.

Other teams seeing action for this year’s men’s basketball competition include Saint Louis University Navigators, host BCT Atoms, Baguio Central University Eagles, University of the Philippines – Baguio Maroons, Philippine Military Academy Cavaliers, two time champion Cordillera Career Development College and Benguet State University Wildcats.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 16, 2014.

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