Blame it on the Holidays. Team Panlilio is in a new division with new foes and new heights to conquer. After winning it all last year in the Andres Francisco division, Team Panlilio was elevated to a new division and will be campaigning in the Oscar Sevilla Division. The Ateneo Basketball League opened on January 8, 2011 with most probably another banner number of teams joining. This just shows the love for basketball of Ateneans.
Gene Afable from the top of the key
Coming from a championship season is quite hard. As they say winning it the first time is a great achievement but winning it a second time is harder. The team composed of me and some classmates, Bong Berbano, Jerome Buhay, Deo Deomano, Bong Marquez, and some batch mates namely Buboy Go, Marvin Tiburcio and Tabs Tabora has been reinforced by other friends namely Dato Arroyo, Dino Ponce Enrile, Johann Ramos, Momoy Lopez, Jun Castro. This year we have also added some friends Alex Evangelista, Albert Mendoza and Gene Afable. Team mates Dennis Manalo and Peter Gonzalez begged off this year since they are still recuperating from their injuries. Both were vital cogs in last year’s run and will be sorely missed.
Buboy Go's Free Throw
Our first game had us fire blanks and were slow to get loose balls and cover the opponent’s shooters. Our opponent, Team Adolfo had three shooters lighting up the score board while our shots were rimming out. The first quarter had us lead by one 13-12 while they took the second quarter 23-24. By the third quarter their team pulled away and erected a ten point lead at the end of the third 28 -38. The inclusion of new team members plus the holiday bulge were big factors in giving up a 48 – 40 loss. Looking at the loss, you can say it was not that bad since we still held our opponents below 50 points but sputtered on offense.
Dato Arroyo on the drive
The road back to respectability is long and we will most probably take it a game at a time so that we will be able to get back to the same groove that got us on top. What is important is that we all shape up, get those outside shots, run the fastbreak and click as a team. As they say, we have done it before and we hope we can have the chance to do it all again. GO Team Panililio.
Team Panlilio vs. Team Adolfo