Victory for Team Pampanga

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The Sun Life Financial Basketball Invitational Tournament marked its first successful league, creating much deserved recognition in the spirit of community inclusiveness and goodwill.

At the finals, Team Pampanga made a surprising victory beating a strong Team Bulacan 57 – 46. Team Pampanga lost the first game, Friday at the Queensborough Middle School gym and on Saturday played 5 games consecutively.

Tournament ball toss.

Tournament ball toss.

The 2-day league participated by 12 province teams and their supporters was promising, especially on the second day in New Westminster’s Massey Gym, but deemed less stellar during the main highlight of the league’s battle of the champions. With Super Bowl 50 simmering all Sunday, the huge crowd left only a handful supporters to cheer for their favourite teams.

However, main sponsor Burnaby branch Sun Life Financial manager Jay Mallari told the crowd after the final game that he was pleased with the turnout. “Hopefully, with what I’ve seen over the past couple of days, I think this is gonna be an annual league.”

Sun Life Financial Basketball Invitational League Finals 2016 IMG_0911

Sun Life Financial Basketball Invitational League Finals 2016.

Wrapping up the league, Bhoy Tamondo, president of Inter City Sports Association, expressed his gratitude to all the teams and volunteers that participated.

Team Pampanga players are Joanne Peter Villadolid, Darwin Pamintuan, Rob M. Cordero, Mhark Santos, Rye Uno Arinzana, Ed Ward, and Mike Nicdao.

President of Inter City Sports Association Bhoy Tambogon wrapping up Sun Life Financial Basketball Invitational Tournament Finals 2016.

President of Inter City Sports Association Bhoy Tambogon wrapping up Sun Life Financial Basketball Invitational Tournament Finals 2016.

Tournament Recap

Standings

Champions: Pampanga, 2nd Place: Bulacan, 3rd Place: Batangas, 4th Place Bicol, 5th Place Pangasinan, 6th Ilocos, 7th Manila, 8th Bukidnon, 9th Zambales, 10th Samar, 11th Cebu, 12th Eastern Samar.

Leading scorers

Pampanga:
#3 Edward Bernardino (24pts), #8 Mhark Santos (16pts)

Bulacan: #4 Randy Rivera (20pts), #5 Mike Dionisio (11pts)

All Star Players

  • MVP of the Tournament: #3 Edward Bernardino (Team Pamanga)
  • Best Guard: #8 Mhark Santos and #2 Rolando Calapis
  • Best Centre: #10 Jeff Tabora
  • Best Forward: #4 Randy Rivera and #3 Bong Wahing
All star winners.

All star winners.

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Luisa Marshall

Luisa Marshall is a singer, performer, tribute artist, TV host, editor, scriptwriter, producer and anti-bullying advocate based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her internationally acclaimed and award winning Tina Turner Tribute show has enabled her to share her passion and love of the arts through music and often uses her talents to donate her time and efforts to various charitable causes all over the world. Her popular TV show, Simply the Best, is a local independent production on the Shaw Multicultural Channel and aims to inspire, educate and entertain Filipino and mainstream viewers alike.

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