Good Zambo cagers dominating UAAP, NCAA to play here Dec. 23 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 17:04

How is their game? How far have they gone?

These questions will be answered as the Zamboangueño cage stars now donning the jersey of the different universities and colleges in Manila strut their wares in Cong. Erbie Fabian Christmas cage presentation on Dec. 23 at the Golden Boys Sports Grill in Nuñez Ext.

There are more than 30 Zamboangueño basketball mainstays of the different schools here have been acquired by the different universities and colleges in manila to beef up its campaign in the Universities Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the country’s premier collegiate leagues. 

Among the Zamboangueño cage standouts making waves is Michael Tolomia, brother of former PBA player Chester Tolomia.The 18 year-old flamboyant point guard was acquired by the Far Eastern University from Ateneo De Zamboanga University Blue Eagles since high school. His impressive performance in the in the UAAP got the attention of the nation. Like RR Garcia in 2009, Tolomia was lined up in the country’s national RP Youth team in 2010.  

“I can’t wait to play there,” Tolomia said. “ I will be glad to make our hometown crowd happy” Tolomia added.

Tolomia,  Garcia, last year’s UAAP MVP and Yens Knuttel are backed up in the FEU by fellow Zamboangueño cage stars Gino Jumaos, AA Fabian and Marc Christian Gelic.

The 16 year-old Jumaos was pirated first by San Sebastian from Southern City Colleges when he was still in high school in 2008. Unleashing impressive marks in the high school NCAA, Jumaos was pirated by the Tamaraws last year.

Fabian and Gelic were procured by the FEU from Roy Lim-mentored Claret Red Roosters in high school in 2009. The duo were immediately elevated by the FEU to its senior squad last year following a good show in the high school UAAP.

There are five Zamboangueño cage stars in the roster of the San Sebastian stags and they are Jon-Jon Rebollos, Mark Tano, Alghazer Ho, Mark Trinidad, all former Southern City Colleges Bulldogs and Lloyd Castor, who first played for FEU after getting him from Western Mindanao State Univesity.

Building up its squad in the NCAA, the Letran Knights pirated two stars from Zamboanga last year and they are Dave Ponce, former Claret player and Jonathan Belorio, former SCC Bulldog.

Seeing Zamboangueños doing well in the court, other universities and colleges invaded the city and grabbed the leading players.

Adamson university pirated Al-Rauf Julkipli from Southern City Colleges last year while Dexter Garcia was tapped by St. Benilde from ICAS in 2008. Chris Elopre was pirated by UPHR and Tisoy Ignacio was wrestled by the National University from SCC Bulldogs in 2009. Lyceum hired the services of Abin Edding from WMSU.

The Centro Escolar University or CEU pulled three zamboangueños to its line up and they are wingman Grebani Rublico, former Clarest, Off guard Carmelito Banua, former Clarest and point guard Rey Apolinario, also a former Claret Red Rooster.

Fatimah University has three zamboangueños in its roster and they are bigman Mat Villalon, former WMSU, wingman Joemarie Lacastesantos, former ICAS and wingman Joseph Rivera, also a former WMSU Maroons.

These Zamboangueño collegiate cage stars along with zamboangueño PBA sensation Mark Barroca of B-Meg and Powerade mainstay Dondon Linganay and Liga Pilipinas players will see action here in an exhibition tourney organized by the Zamboanga Sports and Arts Association headed by Mr Omar Basiri in coordination with the MILO BEST headed by Mr. Pedro Alfaro.

They will be grouped into three teams-Amor White, Amor Blue and Amor Black  and will be fitted against three collegiate teams here—UZ, ICAS and WMSU.

The exhibition tourney backed up by Buenas Dias Zamboanga radio program anchored by Al Alhabshi every 6 am to 8 from Monday to Friday at 91.5 Wild FM, EBAF Productions and Blue Stallion Promotions will last until Dec. 30.