Montaña faces tough rivals-A A +A
Sunday, March 10, 2013
MONTAÑA Pawnshop will have its hands full when the Mayor Inday Sara and Vice Mayor Rody Duterte 76th Araw ng Dabaw commercial basketball tournament tips off from March 12 to 15 at the Almendras Gym Davao City Recreation Center.
Montaña will be defending the crown it won last year over Phoenix, but faces tough teams Goldstar Hardware and The Royal Mandaya Hotel-Vice Mayor's Office (TRMH-VMO).
Newcomer Team Villar completes the four-team cast in the four-day tournament and one of the highlights in this year's 76th Araw ng Dabaw celebration.
There were reports that Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) best import awardee last Jamelle Cornley will be playing for Montaña in the event.
Should Cornley suits up with the Pawnbrokers, he will give the much needed muscle to the team composed mainly of collegiate players.
William "Butch" Ramirez, secretary general of the organizing Liga Dabaw, said a slam dunk contest and a three-point shootout to be sponsored by Dexters Pizza@Stadium will spice up the competition.
Playing for Montaña are Ronald Lamocha, Tibs Blanco, Leo Fernandez, Don Adormeo, Bonbon Bulac, Josh Adalid, Nestor Martinez, Jano Nuñez, Edgar Awitin and JR de Guzman with Devon Sullivan and Dino Daa as imports.
Goldstar Hardware, meanwhile, is bannered by Leomer Losentes, Edmar Patenio, Doy Colina, Jay Cabañog, Dado Ayson, Marlon Basco, Pong Escobal, Junar Pinto and Sam Ekwe.
The Miguel Solitaria-coached and Glenn Escandor-owned TRMH-VMO will parade Julius Pasculado, Ramsey Williams, Lou Gatumbato, Chris Calaguio, Jojo Tangkay, Francis Adriano, Mark Jeffries, Hafer Mondragon, JR Gerilla, Ervin Sotto, Mark Andaya, Cedric Happi, John Ferriols, Mark Magsumbol, Al Vergara and Justin Williams.
A champion team will receive P100,000 while the second placer is assured of P75,000. The next two finishers will earn P50,000 and P30,000, respectively. Each team will also claim a participation fee of P20,000 each.
The most valuable player will also get P5,000 in the event sanctioned by Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas Mindanao Cluster B director Regino "Boy" Cua and sponsored by the city government of Davao through the Sports Development Division of the City Mayor's Office. (CRAM)
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 11, 2013.