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Learning experience

THIS should be fun and a learning experience for the kids whose age range from nine to 12 in making this trip to Kuala Lumpur and Penang in Malaysia to pit skills against their Southeast Asian counterparts in a pair of basketball tournaments from May 23-30. “The kids will find the week-long trip enjoyable as […]

Sixty-four and counting

AS I mark my 64th year of earthly existence today, allow me to take you to memory lane with some of the most unforgettable moments in my life. The long and winding road traversed, no matter how difficult and rocky, is what has made me today – strong, determined, compassionate and at peace in the […]

Stats stuffer

OKLAHOMA City Thunder wunderkind Russell Westbrook has averaged a triple-double for the past three seasons in the U.S. National Basketball Association. A 6-foot-3 backcourter, Westbrook is only the second player in NBA annals to register a triple-double for an entire campaign, duplicating the feat of “The Big O” Oscar Robertson, a 6-foot-5 playmaker who turned […]

Right place, right time

SOMETIMES you don’t need to be a talented player to win a title in team sports. That is if you have a star athlete or two for a teammate. You only need to be lucky and be in the right place at the right time. The late basketball journeyman Cris Bolado is one example, snaring […]

No surprises in NBA playoffs

THE 2019 National Basketball Association (NBA) playoffs are in progress with not much off-chart series results as every team that started its first-round best-of-seven duels with the homecourt advantage has either maintained or regained “home serve” — an incentive that rewards a team the right to play Game 7, if need be, on its home […]

Alcindor’s NCAA 3-peat

IN an era where one-and-done (only one year in college then onto the pros) is the norm, basically as a result of the current collective bargaining agreement struck by the U.S. professional league National Basketball Association (NBA) and its player union which states that a player must be at least 19 years old and one […]

Redemption for Virginia

THE 81st renewal of the U.S. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I men’s basketball tournament came to a conclusion on Tuesday with the Virginia Cavaliers downing the Texas Tech Red Raiders, 85-77, in overtime in the title game at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was the nationally second-ranked Cavaliers’ first-ever national […]

PBA’s first playdate

  PBA’s first playdate TRADITIONALLY, April 9 has been a “red-colored” national holiday in the Philippines as we Filipinos commemorate the fall of Bataan to the invading Japanese military forces during the four-year World War II hostilities. During my younger days, the holiday was called “Bataan Day.” Now it’s called “Araw ng Kagitingan.” In sports, […]

US NCAA Final Four

AND then there are four teams remaining. The Final Four doubleheader of the 2019 U.S. National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I men’s basketball tournament will be held over the weekend at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The national semifinal matchups to be held on Saturday, April 7 (Manila time) , will feature the […]

US NCAA March Madness

WITH my fave Los Angeles Lakers out of the National Basketball Association (NBA) playoffs for the sixth year in a row despite the presence of free-agent acquisition LeBron James, who will be missing his first postseason activity since his pro sophomore campaign in 2005 after consecutive trips to the NBA Finals in the past eight […]

PSYSHS, MGC reign supreme

  THE 13th Filipino Chinese Schools Alliance Basketball League (FCSABL) came to a rousing end over the weekend with Philippine Sun Yat Sen High School and MGC New Life Christian Academy topping their respective divisions in the one-game finals held at the Philippine Chen Kuang High School gym. Philippine Sun Yat Sen High School defeated […]

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