Thursday, July 18, 2019

Ballpals 90s see action

CAGAYAN DE ORO. The Ballpals club’s 39-below players during practice at Pelaez Sports Center. (Contributed photo by Can Meralles)

BALLPALS 1991, or the pioneering members of Ballpals, will see action in the opener of the club’s 28th Anniversary Inter-Color basketball tournament this afternoon, March 16 at the Don Gregorio Perlaez Sports Center in Cagayan de Oro City.

“Kining mga 90s nga Ballpals nga hangtod karon nagpabilin atong makita gadula sa club relevant kaayo kini sila magsilbing inspiration sa mga baguhan nga miyembro. Actually, kami gyod sa una gauban sa Palaro galing swerte kay makadagan pa kini sila. Akong mensahe sa tanan nga samtang makadagan pa kamo... ayaw gyod undangi ang dula nga basketbol,” said the 50-something tournament commissioner Andit Mendoza.

Leading the 90s cast are Jojo Udasco, Fernando Abapo, Manny Villanueva, Dandan Guevara, Joven Agudo, Bado Legaspi, Stev Panaz and Bong Mercado.

“Daghan kaayo `mi sa Palaro sa una ang uban tua na sa taas. Naay nisulod naa poy nakagawas na. So, ang pagdula sa Anniversary tourney part na sa selebrasyon nga hangtod karon ania pa gihapon kita Ballpals pa rin,” said the “Pretty Boy” Udasco.

More than 100 players participate in the anniversary tourney supported by Abamin through Representative Rufus Rodriguez and Misamis Oriental Governor Bambi Emano for jersey shirts and the use of the open court playing venue.

Mendoza said there will be four teams each in 39-below and 40-up civic categories composed of at least 13 players, respectively.

Acting club president Weng Mercado said after the afternoon games, Ballpals family will have something to share at nearby BORJ Tuna along Tiano-del Pilar streets.

“Plastar na atong dinner party, though welcome kaayo ang tanan nga gusto modugang sa atong kalipay. Happy all lang ‘ta sa atong 28th Anniversary celebration,” Mercado said.


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