Team Zamboanga plays basketball in L.A., USA PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 March 2014 09:42

From Manila to Gen. Santos City and now in Los Angeles, California, USA, Team Zamboanga aims to play their best in its first international basketball tournament at Eagle Rock, Pasadena today . This is a summer basketball league organized by the Los Angeles Basketball Association (LABA), and Team Zamboanga is being sponsored by Cerritos Mitsubishi. Their first game will be against US-based Team Pacquiao. There will be 16 basketball teams from different states who will pit against each other from March 28 to April 2.

According to Team Manager and player Junie Navarro, Team Zamboanga is the only basketball team from the Philippines that was able to join in this friendly basketball game this year. US-based Zamboangueños former PBA Bernard Tanpua, Evart John Zambo, and  3-point shooter Modivar Enriquez will join this team. Tanpua revealed that PBA players Alex Cabagnot and Allex Mallari were discovered in the LABA tournament.

Junie shared that Team Zamboanga impressed international boxer and Congressman Manny Pacquiao during the MP Basketball Tournament in Gen. Santos City last month , that he (Pacquiao) invited Team Zamboanga to play at LABA Tournament. One of the popular Team Zamboanga players is PBA (Philippine Basketball Association) Most Valuable Player and Zamboangueño Mark Barroca or popularly known in the court as the Coffee Prince of San Mig Mixers. He is one of the close friends and a basketball team mate of Junie from his (Barroca) collegiate days up to the professional league.

Junie credits Pacquiao for encouraging and inspiring the Team Zamboanga to join in different leagues.  Pacquiao even played with Team Zamboanga giving tips not only in the court but also in real life, Junie enthused.  “He is a very humble man,” Junie said. He is fortunate also to watch the boxing practice of Manny as well meet other boxing champions while there. Team Zamboanga will definitely root for Manny in the boxing rematch of Pacquiao with Bradley on April 12.

By Dante Corteza

Psalm 37:23-24   “The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when he delights in his way though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the LORD upholds his hand.”