Aquinians reunite as ASABL InterBatch Season begins


By Frank Leo Aniscal - Published July 4, 2019

The Aquinas School Alumni Basketball League (ASABL) commenced a new InterBatch season to continue binding its former students inside the hardcourt for the sake of camaraderie and brotherhood.


Categorised into two divisions, the Division 1 of ASABL is composed of batches 1995, 1994, combined players of 1993 and 1992, combined players of 1991 and 1989, combined players of 1988 and 1987, and combined players of 1985 and 1978.


On the other hand, Division 2 includes 2007, 2005, 2001, combined players of 2003 and 2002, 1998, and combined players of 1997 and 1996.


The golden years of their basketball careers may have gone by but their passion for the sport they love remains the same as each alumnus keeps on giving their best just to contribute for their respective teams and hope to get the win.


Starting off their campaign on positive notes in ASABL's Division 1, Legaspi poured 23 points to guide 1978/1985 to a 70-55 victory over 1995, while 1994 relied on Antonio Steven's leadership as the playing coach put up 12 markers, eight rebounds, three assists, and three steals as they overwhelmed 1992/1993 with a 65-55 win.


Adrian De Luna poured an outstanding debut performance, tallying a double-double of 28 points and 18 rebounds to help 2001 survive a gutsy 1996/1997 squad, 71-67, while Homer Lopez showed up for 2005 as he delivered 17 markers and nine boards to beat 2007 on a dominating fashion, 74-51, in the Division 2.


To give each alumnus a chance to play, the league sets up a mandatory five-man substitutions in every five minutes of the first two quarters of the game. Failure to complete at least 10 players will give the other team the right to choose who will stay inside the court for another five minutes.



The official house rules of ASABL also stated that a player who suffers injury during the game and opts to be substituted can no longer play in that match. If ever a player arrives right after the fourth quarter has commenced, that player will not be allowed to play.


For the tournament format, all teams will play a single round robin format on both divisions and only the top four teams of each division will advance to the semifinals, wherein the top two teams after the eliminations will get a twice-to-beat advantage. The finalists of both divisions will be having a knockout showdown for the coveted ASABL InterBatch championship.


As part of its objectives, ASABL officials said that the league also gives support to the current students of Aquinas School and helps in the sports development of their Alma Mater.


Catch each games every Saturday and Sunday at Aquinas School Basketball Gym.