BCT in hunt for 1st BBEAL men’s basketball crown

APART from being the host school for the Baguio-Benguet Educational Athletic League season 28, the Baguio College of Technology is also tagged as one of the schools to complete the final four in men’s basketball tournament this year.

The Atoms became the most whispered squad in the pre-season after dismantling one of the big three universities, SLU Navigators, in their tune-up game earlier last month.

The youngest member of the ten-school conclave, now in its third year, is recklessly rallying into the limelight following its third place overall finish last year.

BCT Atoms athletic director and basketball coach Willy Antonio said he is confident their team will be advancing to the semis this time around.

u201cMahirap sabihin kung anong magiging outing namin after this season but most probably we can hold up to take a semis spot, after that it will be another kind of story so we just have to wait,” Antonio said.

Atoms will be bannered by former Palarong Pambansa athlete Jervie Calibo, who also posters as the star player for their team and now playing in his third straight year.

Calibo will be backed by four other previous teammates including Jayson Pasag, Bryan Peralta, Efren Pancog, and Marvin Balila.

u201cI am confident Jervie has grown more mature this time and I hope he will carry the leadership among his teammates,” Antonio quipped.

Antonio added the BCT team still anticipates the dominance of defending champion UB Cardinals, and one of the biggest stumbling block in BCT hunt for their first title in BBEAL.

Despite losing other veteran players in their line-up such as three-point triggerman Kenneth Rapisura, Antonio mentioned other roles especially down the painted area have been filled.

u201cThe rebuilding is aimed not to gather more shooters but instead to fill the gaps in between,” Antonio said.

u201cWe are looking to the defending champions as a formidable foe. Of course we also have other schools to attend to but as for the moment we just want to take the situation in a step-by-step scenario,” Antonio added.

The Atoms already picked up victories in their first two assignments after beating the Baguio Central University Eagles, 73-65, and Philippine Military Academy Cavaliers, 94-82, over the weekend.

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