S-SABC starts, Crosstown Auto-PSA wrap up another successful league, Liga Maharlika All-Filipino list-up on

S-SABC starts, Crosstown Auto-PSA wrap up another successful league, Liga Maharlika All-Filipino list-up on

I’ve been in communication with Dominic Narbonita, one of the organizers of the Servus-St.Albert Ballers Club (S-SABC), since last month who was kind enough to provide us information about their league.

Too bad, a bad weather always discourages me to drive 30 minutes going to the venue. Thanks to Facebook, you can always find information.
So, the S-SABC has seven teams competing this year with the Knights and the Net Rippers scoring victories on opening day of the “Home League 2K20” last January 11 at the St.Albert Catholic High School.

The Knights drew first blood by spilling the Draft Kings, 57-50 and the Net Rippers stopped the Hoopsters in the second game, 68-58.

Good start!
And to spice up the opening day, they organized a three-point shooting contest.

Manuel Alberto topped the competition with Daltrey Berdon finishing second and Ethan Ignacio landing at third place.

It’s always heart-warming to know that our fellow Kababayans in Alberta Province can find the time to organize sports leagues.

I noticed that there are new Pinoy basketball tournaments being organized in the province. And that is really very good. The more leagues, the merrier, right?

Last December, they had a successful tournament with Morinville winning the championship game by besting the efforts of the Batangas Pride, 85-71. NTMD8 placed third and Yeg Ballers landed at fourth place.

Lemuel Baui, Nico Yola, Ace Guaniezo, Ian Silvestre and Mike Reyes were named in the Mythical Five with Reyes emerging as league MVP and Baui as final’s MVP. Looks like high-flying Baui is really back to his winning form after suffering a knee injury that sidelined him for a year.

Bakks Santos was named best coach and NTMD8 won the team’s best uniform award. Other awards were also given to individual winners.

Aside from Dominic, Richard Betila, Lance Narbonita, JayR Carrasca, Kurt Abarientos, Ian Mayordomo, Bakks Santos and Rhex Hilario are working closely together to help run the league.

I hope that S-SABC will grow as the years go by from just seven teams to probably having 30 or even 60 teams because more participating teams attract corporate sponsors. With corporate sponsors, that would make the league sustainable for years.

Congratulations S-SABC and good luck!

Congratulations to Crosstown Auto Centre and the Philippine Sports Association Edmonton for another successful season which wrapped up Jan.11 at the Archbishop Romero gym.

Crossstown Auto Centre dealer-principal Joe Medina and PSA president Gary Perpetua awarded the trophies and medals to the winners.

Organizers of Liga Maharlika’s 1st Season Basketball League have opened their doors to participants this year.

Lead organizer Jonas Iral said they have limited players to up to 5’11” or 186 cm and below in height this year.

Registration fee is $900 only, he said.

Interested teams can call (780) 863-4098 for more information.

To members of the Filipino sports community, if you have events, we welcome all your information and you can email it to mocolumnist@albertafilipinojournal.com.

Maraming salamat po at happy New Year sa lahat!

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