Brazen to continue their mission: The 2019 Season of the Telecoms Basketball League of 40's opens


By John Mark Herrera - Published May 8, 2019

6 Teams banner the 2019 Telecoms Basketball League of 40's, opening its new season at the Upper Deck Sports Center in Ortigas, Pasig City.

Like a fine wine, the league aims to provide an outlet for the 'father-prime' ballers to showcase their skills on the hardcourt.

A day that was filled with excitement, lived up to its hype as the games began with four much anticipated season opener. A simple program sparked the evening, which was highlighted by the parade of teams with their respective gorgeous muses. Mr. Joseph Arguelles led the oath of sportsmanship before tip-off.

To kick-off the season, IPS blazed past Gurlavi, to open their campaign on a winning note, 75-66. The victor was anchored by their hot start and was steady down the stretch to hold off their opening foes. Gurlavi went toe-to-toe with IPS, shrugging off a dismal start to inch the gap at halftime, 36-31. However IPS kept the pressure on the opposition as they forced shots far from the hole and converted on their plays on the other end to hold on to the victory.

Mike Ymasa showed no signs of opening game jitters with his team-high 15 points, shooting 50% from the field and hauling down four boards. Osorio had 12 points and seven boards, David Lacsamana also had 12 markers, while Randy Picache flashed his usual numbers with 11 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and two blocks to help lift IPS to the opening win.

The Player of the Game honors went to Randy Picache. The towering man in the middle displayed old lethal form, finishing with an all-around performance of 11 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two blocks, and was perfect from the charity stripe. the man in the middle also flashed an efficient 70% shooting from the field to cap off his splendid opening day performance.

Dela Cruz topped all scorers with 15 markers on top of seven rebounds, two assists and one block. Dela Rosa drilled 11 points and six boards, while Reden Alterado added 10 markers and four rebounds, to round out the notable efforts from Gurlavi the opening game of the season.

In the second game, Forster Bambo and Ads Duran led Smart in dismantling Ardent for win number one, 102-91. The tightly contested battle was dictated the the victor by who ever wins the payoff period.

While both teams scored heavily in the first three quarters (28-23; 24-18;24;29) and it all boiled down to who was going to get crucial stops and execute better in the final frame. Smart did just that, relying on their backcourt combo of Duran and Bambo, who combined for 49 points to help lift heir squad past Ardent in the grind out win. Smart's aggressive play when it mattered, earned them 33 trips to the foul line, where they made 54% of their charities. 

Although they were undermanned, Ardent din't show any signs of fatigue and fought til they can't fight no more. Five players scored in double figures, led by Martinez' double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds.

Mike Vaca registered 18 points and three assists, Catalan added 14 points and three steals, Ricky Lopez dropped 13 points and five assists, while Nuez delivered 10 markers on top of three rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Manahan almost joined that group, but did not disappoint with the numbers he put up; finishing the game with nine points, eight rebounds, five assists, and a steal to round out the valiant efforts from Ardent's gallant stand in their season opener.

The victor also had five of their troops stamp double-figure scoring in the win. Ads Duran scored a game-high 26 points on 60% shooting from the field, on top of four rebounds and three assists. Forster Bambo had a near triple-double feat with his 23 points eight boards, and 10 assists.

Dicky Liwanag had 13 points, nine boards, and five assists for an all-around performance of his own. Dela Cruz had 12 points on a perfect 100% shooting from the field, Mike De Castro shattered three long bombs and finished with 11 markers. Gonzales rounds out the winning effort for Smart with his eight points two rebounds, two steals and four assists.

Player of the Game was Forster Bambo. In their opening win, Forster Bambo immediately made his presence known as he delivered a near triple-double performance of 23 points eight boards, and 10 assists on top of two steals that completed an all-around brilliance. His performance also showed poise and efficiency which was evident with his shot selection. Forster shot 53% from the field and made five out of nine in his trips to the foul line.


The third game of the opening week was highlighted by team Novesys' close win against CYO, 67-65. Alex Diamitas displayed his MVP form in this win, with his 11 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and three blocks. Dennis Penus added 16 markers, along with six boards, while Joel Leonor shot 57% from the field to finish with 10 points across his name.

Peter Gonzales led the balanced production from CYO's opening game. Peter clobbered 14 rebounds, that went along with his game-high 18 points on 72% shooting from inside the arc.

The ball-wizard also dished five assists. Dondi Ramos, Joseph Arguelles, and Jimbo Figueroa all had eight markers, while John Tubongbanua's identical scoring output was highlighted by his 13 big boards.
CYO's fourth quarter surge came up short, as Novesys' managed to weather the storm on time to hang on and bring home their first W and wrap up week 1 of the tourney.

The tournament format will feature a classic single round-robin; each team will play against all of its five (5) opponents once in the elimination round. The top 4 teams per bracket in the elimination round will advance to the knock-out semifinals. The semi-final winners will then advance to the winner-takes-all finals.

Powered by Kings of the Court|STR8, the League will last from April to June 2019. With game days every Sunday at The Upper Deck Lifestyle Center, Julia Vargas Ave., Pasig City.