Friday , 19 April 2024
Photo shows (kneeling , left to right) Felix Corpuz, Jan Famaranco, Alfred Flores, Paul Gadin, Brent Paccarangan and Jeremy Delosantos; Standing (L to R), Asst. coach Paul Dela Cruz, Jared Vento, Joshua Monares, Asst. coach Michael Gonzales, School Owner Marco Agana, head coach Ogie Gumatay, Ivan Joaquin, Luis Rocha and Marvin Mijares

NCRAA champ ICC Blue Hawks to compete in Sydney

Here comes the National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) champion Immaculada Concepcion College Blue Hawks.

Handled by school owner Marco Agana and former PBA player-turned-coach Ogie Gumatay, the Blue Hawks will participate in the Australian Chinese Basketball Association (ACBA) Easter Classic tournament  scheduled March 27- April 3, in New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

The Filipinos will battle seven other teams:  five from New South Wales, one from Malaysia, and one from Africa  in the eight-day competition.

“It’s a big honor both for NCRAA and Immaculada Concepcion College to be  invited to play in Sydney, Australia,” said Gumatay.

“After winning the championship in last season’s NCRAA, we’re proud to represent the country. ICC will do its best to bring honors to the country while promoting friendship and camaraderie with other school-teams,” added Gumatay.

“Actually, bago kami pumunta, pinag-usapan na namin yan. Alam naman natin na pag dating sa height medyo kulang tayo kaya talaga yun mga players sabi ko sa kanila kung ano man ang mangyari don, yun exposure at experience natin gawin natin.  Ibigay natin yun best natin. And of course mag concentrate kami sa team defense dahil alam naman natin pag international, malalaki sila.”

Gumatay said the  international event is a big help to the school.

“Sobrang laking bagay nito sa school, lalo na sa mga players kaya naman nagpapasalamat kami kay sir Marco. Pati na kay boss Buddy, na siyang nag arrange going to Australia.”

Encarnado, who also serves as NCRAA General Manager, travelled to Sydney last February to finalize the participation of the NCRAA champion.

“The champion of this year’s tournament will again be sent next year to join the tournament,” said Encarnado.

“The local Philippine community in NSW is now eagerly awaiting our local team. Some have already volunteered to host lunch and dinner to the Blue Hawks,” added Encarnado.

“Nagpapasalamat tayo sa local organizer na, ACBA, pati na sa Down Under Sports. Yun privilege na binigay sa atin talagang magandang opportunity” said Encarnado.

Gumatay will be assisted by Michael Angelo Gonzales and Richard Rosales, who will serve as the liaison officer of NCRAA to coordinate the team schedules.

Leading the Blue Hawks are team captain Alfred Flores, Jared Vento, Louise Rocha, Felix Corpuz, Ivan Joaquin, Jan Famaranco, Brent Paccarangan, Paul Gadin, Jayvee Ibarra and Edrian Ramirez. ROBERT ANDAYA

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