Holy Child downplays PBA Youngstars title-defense

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014


TWO-TIME defending champion Holy Child College of Davao (HCCD) Reds downplayed their title-retention bid as the Coca-Cola PBA Youngstars Davao leg kicks off at 10:30 a.m. today at the Gaisano Grand Citimall SkyGym.

Reds coach Nestor "Tating" Sorrosa, in a phone interview with Sun.Star Davao yesterday, said: "Dili mi sigurado karon kay dili man mudula among core players nga midula atong duha ka championships na among nadag-an. Magdula man gud sila sa Palaro unya sa Sunday naman mularga. Ga-training mi karon diri sa Tagum (We are uncertain since our core players who were instrumental in our past two championships won't be playing this time. They will compete in the Palarong Pambansa and the delegation is leaving on Sunday. We are training here in Tagum)," he said.

The Palarong Pambansa is slated May 4 to 11 in Sta. Cruz, Laguna. Coach Sorrosa, however, said their Youngstars line-up is competitive enough to pull off surprises in the league sanctioned by Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) regional director Regino "Boy" Cua.

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"Naa man gihapon laban ang among team kay nakadula man sad sila sa mga ubang liga sama sa Davraa Meet ug GS Cup. Pero syempre mas bentaha gyud sa depensa sa titulo kung katong Palaro players ang mudula. Dako lang gihapon akong pagsalig sa among mga tims nga mudula sa Palaro ug sa PBA Youngstars. Kabalo ko himuon nila ang tanan (Our new Youngstars team is no pushover as players have also been exposed in other leagues like the Davraa Meet and GS Cup. But it would have been advantageous for our title-defense to field our Palaro players. Nevertheless, I am confident that our Palaro and Youngstars teams will live up to expectations)," he said.

He said an assistant coach will mentor the Youngstars team when he also leaves for the Palaro, adding in the vernacular: "We are already set up in all the leagues that Holy Child is competing this summer."

Dominador Tolentino, Jr., Carlito Rodriguez, Teotimo Elaco, Leonard Salvame, Judd Comaña, James Aaron Royo, Cyrill Gonzales, Vince Malero, Joshua Reyes, Ike Gabriel Yuson and Jeric Espaldo.

The Reds will have their hands full with the presence of Assumption College of Davao, Ateneo de Davao University, Emar Human and Environmental College, Daniel R. Aguinaldo National High School, Blue Knights, Toril District, Ford Academy of the Arts and Davao Jones Academy.

They will battle for the right to represent the city to the Mindanao Finals on May 1 to 4 in Zamboanga City.

Each team in the Duterte Basketball League (DBL)-organized tournament is composed of three 13 year-olds (born 2001); three 14 year-olds (born 2000); three 15 year-olds (born 1999); and three 16 year-olds (born 1998).

Teams will be grouped into two and will play the single round-robin format in the eliminations stage. The top two squads from each group will then play the crossover semi-finals en-route to the titular showdown.

The event is co-presented by Coca-Cola Philippines and the PBA for the third straight year.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 23, 2014.

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