Zamboangueño Cordero plays for PBA Barako Bulls PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 10 November 2013 00:00

I am not really an avid basketball fan but I do enjoy watching the game when I know who the players of the team are. Like you, I am sure; it gives more excitement to cheer somebody you know.  The recent 2013 UAAP La Salle vs. Ateneo Championship was an example. It was nice to see the students of both schools enjoying the game and the sportsmanship shown after when the Green Archer won over the Blue Eagles.

I hope to see the same here in our city, wherein, basketball teams of different local schools competing and that can develop camaraderie among our youth. This is better than to see them stuck up in computer games.  Let’s hope too that aside from basketball, Zamboanga City can excel in a particular sport that we can be proud of after our dilapidated grandstand will go a major rehabilitation.

For now, there is one national basketball team we can cheer for because it has a local Zamboangueño, Darwin Cordero, player in it. Barako Bulls drafted Cordero among the 85 hopefuls during the PBA (Philippine Basketball Association) Rookie Draft last November 2 at Robinsons Manila. The 5’10” tall Cordero was a basketball star of Southern City Colleges during his college days. He played for Team Pacquiao in General Santos City for the last 2 years.

Cordero declined politely to play earlier for any Manila basketball teams  as he does not want to be away from his family who are from Tumaga, Zamboanga City. But I am glad that fellow Zamboangueño sportsman and now a businessman in Manila, Junie Navarro, was able to convince him to join the try out in the PBA. Junie gave his all-out support to Cordero and was able to push Cordero in the PBA selection.  I learned it is difficult to be drafted in the PBA as there many thousands who are applying just to be drafted.

Like Cordero, I am confident that are many local basketball players who want to play in PBA in the future. Junie aims to discover  a local MVP (Most Valuable Player) during a local basketball tournament whom he can draft again for the next PBA selection.

By Dante Corteza

Ecclesiastes 3:1. “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens.”