Red Deer Ballers 3V3, conversations at EFCBL

Red Deer Ballers 3V3, conversations at EFCBL
Knights’ Jack Juayong brings down the ball in this game against Crosstown Auto Centre in the ongoing 3rd Edmonton Filipino-Canadian Basketball League (EFCBL) Season at the Abbotsford Recreation Centre, Feb.9. The Knights lost, 84-95. (Photo by Moses Billacura)

The Red Deer Ballers Club is organizing a 3 vs. 3 basketball on April 11 at the Penhold Multiplex gym.

There will be a boys and girls under 17, men’s and women’s 18 and up, men’s 40 and above and men’s 6′ and under.

Prizes are up for grabs, according to organizer Jerby Caballero.
Deadline of entries is on March 31.

For more information, email reddeerballers@yahoo.com or call (403) 872-5523.


I looked up in the sky and I see that it’s going to be a nice day for a drive.

It’s a Sunday and it’s basketball day for the Edmonton Filipino-Canadian Basketball League (EFCBL) at the Abbotsford Community Centre. So I decided to have that drive and watch some games.

There I saw the volunteer officers led by Ronnie Dioso and Arvin Angeles and I got to meet too their photographer and videographer Alex Dizon Lintol. By chance I had also a chat with Grace, wife of EFCBL official Jack Juayong, who was just in a corner cheering for her husband, seeing action for the Knights team that day.

The amiable Grace, who is originally from Dagupan where the bangus fish is the best, and I talked about Kobe Bryant and how this has made EFCBL players sad when they learned about it.

Then we shared our experiences how watching basketball games can bring some needed relief from the daily grinds of work here in Canada.

Then I asked if there has been talks if there’ll be some games too for the wives or girlfriends of the EFCBL players, be it volleyball or any other sport that the EFCBL women can also be engaged too. It is something that Grace is looking forward to and for sure by the other ladies.

The EFCBL is a young sports organization run by Filipino-Canadians in the northside of Edmonton and it is laudable to see these Fil-Cans involve in sports.

Arvin Angeles said that they have one venue for the meantime, and they are planning to hold games in another venue. This is an indication that EFCBL is growing in numbers. Probably, the next season there will be two venues and that would mean the other volunteer officers will be assigned to do the task of gym preparation and running the games.

So, this early, Arvin and Ronnie, the current president, are training volunteers on how to run a basketball league. Normally, a volunteer should know how to operate the scoring machine, record the statistics, coordinate with team captains, among other things, in other words, basketball event management.

I am happy to know that this is happening at the EFCBL.

They may have few teams participating this year, yet, I can sense that because of their proper management and leadership, this EFCBL will grow and grow in the years to come.

You are actually doing a great service to the community because you are making Filipino-Canadians stay fit and healthy by providing them a venue to play.

Mabuhay kayo!


We welcome sports news from the Filipino sports community in Alberta.

Please email mocolumnist@albertafilipinojournal.com.

Salamat po!

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