Basketball season opened last weekend as the Philippine Athletic Youth Association (PAYA) and the Milo Small Basketeers of the Philippines (SBP) β Passerelle Basketball Tournaments kicked off with their respective opening games held in Xavier School.
The PAYA tournament started last Saturday, 21 July 2007, at the Xavier High School Gym with the Xavier Juniors and Midgets Teams going against their counterparts in Lourdes School of Quezon City (LSQC). The Xavier teams posted identical wins breezing through their first assignments. Coached by Dr. John Edwin Sy, the Xavier Midgets Team outscored LSQC 79 β 59, while our Juniors team under Coach Lito Vergara pulverized the opposition 92 β 39.
Both Juniors and Midgets teams will play Southridge School at 11:00am this coming Saturday, 28 July.
The Milo-sponsored SBP β Passerelle Tournament had its opening ceremonies at the Fr Rafael Cortina Sports Center quadrangle-level courts last Sunday, 22 July 2007. Both the Xavier SBP and Passerelle teams saw action in their respective elimination round groups. Going against tough opposition, the Xavier SBP team tried to hold its own against La Salle Greenhills but had to succumb in the fourth quarter 38 - 45.
The Lito Vergara-mentored Xavier Passerelle team however, was impressive against San Beda B and outgunned the fancied team 64 - 38.
For the Xavier SBP team, who is raring to get to the win column, the next playing day is on Sunday, 29 July. Coach Owen Oliva’s boys meet Sta. Clara International Academy at 2:15pm. The Xavier Passerelle team takes a rest this weekend and takes on a big Far Eastern University team at 2:15pm on 05 August.
Let us lend our support to all our basketball teams.