Olongapo SubicBay BatangGapo Newscenter

Monday, January 26, 2009


The Olongapo Volunteers Basketball Team overwhelmed Tarlac team, 57-50 in the last game of the North Luzon Regional Championships Qualifying Games jointly hosted by the city and Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority(SBMA) last January 24 and 25, 2009 at the SBMA Gym, Subic Bay Freeport Zone (SBFZ).

An intense atmosphere prevailed during the game between Olongapo and Tarlac as “bad blood” already exists between the two teams when early in the league, ‘Gapo defeated Tarlac.

Here are the scores of Olongapo Team’s battle against several opponents in the 2-day qualifying games: Gapo-96 vs. Bulacan-64; ‘Gapo-74 vs. Tarlac-68; ‘Gapo- 66 vs Nueva Ecija-62 and ‘Gapo-57 vs. Tarlac-50.

The Basketball Tournament was initiated by the National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) Developmental League(D-League), a program supported by Nokia that serves as a training ground for the national youth teams. It aims to enhance the individual and team skills and serves as a pathway for players to move to a higher-level competition.

Program Director and Coach Eric Altamirano commended the city’s athletes for their untiring efforts. He said, “you all have great potentials, we are so proud of you.”

The nationwide tournament was participated in by teams from the various cities of NCR, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The winners in the qualifying games will advance to the South Luzon Regional Championships on March 19-22, 2009.

In an interview, the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the winning team, Lomell Loyola, 16 years old, 4th year high school at Virgen Delos Remedios, proudly said, “we just practiced well, we worked and played together, we did our best, and we won!”


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