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Friday, February 21, 2014


ALL protagonists are here and ready for battle for the 77th Cebu City Charter Day Cup-Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Basketball Tournament which will open today at the Cebu Coliseum.

The tournament will feature the PBA reinforced conference Commissioner’s Cup defending champions Alaska Aces, GlobalPort Batang Pier, Alaska Aces and Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters and the Misamis Oriental-based amateur/commercial team - Taguloan/Natumolan Tigers.

“This team (Tagoloan Tigers) is not a joke. I know the players, I know how they play.

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I knew them when we were playing in the Philippine Basketball League. So alam ko na di pwede biru-in ang team na ito,” warned Doc Iby Bautista of GlobalPort Batang Pier on the Tigers at the press conference held at the Golden Prince Hotel in Cebu City yesterday.

The Tigers will open the tournament when they play the Tropang Texters at 6 p.m. GlobalPort will play the Commissioner’s Cup defending champions Alaska in the main match at 8 p.m.

Aside from welcoming Pido Jarencio as its new head coach, GlobalPort is also playing with a new set of players—Alex Cabagnot who was traded for Sol Mercado to San Miguel Beermen and Bonbon Custodio from Air21 by way of a trade that involved Leo Najorda of GlobalPort and Jonas Villanueva of Barako Bull Energy Cola.

The Tigers, on the other hand, accompanied by Tagoloan Mayor Paulino Emano and Barangay Captain Enan Sabio at the press conference, believed that through this tournament, people will take notice of their town, which is located east of Cagayan de
Oro City.

“We are thankful to the organizers that we were invited to play in this tournament. It will give our town due recognition. Tagoloan is an industrialized town located outside of Cagayan de Oro City,” Emano said.

The Tigers coach Van Halen Parmis promised to give the PBA teams a run for their money since his team is ready for battle.

Last night, the Tigers played a tune-up game against the Cesafi champions University
of the Visayas Green Lancers at the UV Gym.

Since the upcoming conference is an import-laced event, GlobalPort is fielding Evan Brock, who played for Barako Bull last year; Alaska took back Robert Dozier last year’s Best Import who had helped them won the title last year and Talk ‘N Text plays with NBA D-League campaigner Richard Howell. The Tigers will play with Thailand import in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) Joe Etame and a couple of Cameroonian players.

Tickets are sold only at the gates at P50 for the General Admission, P150 for the upperbox, P300 for lower box, P400 for the stage area seats and P500 courtside seats.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 21, 2014.

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