"Old but Gold" The Overtime Basketball League Opens a New Season

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By John Mark Herrera - Published February 10, 2018

A dozen teams banner the brand new season of the highly-anticipated Overtime Basketball League (OTBL), where all the high school alumni will showcase their "Father Prime" 40's hoop skills to determine the best of the best in the fight for school pride.

The opening ceremonies led by program hosts, Mr. Benny Benitez, Mr. Bimbo Baleros, and Mr. Egie Gutierrez, began with the parade of 12 teams in front of the jam-packed Upper Deck West Court. A dazzling afternoon program became more exciting as the highlight of the day featured the parade of muse from the teams.

The afternoon couldn't get any hotter as the muses came in to dazzle the crowd with their stunning looks and vibrant personalities.

The OTBL officers got recognition and were introduced from the Chairman, Mr. Gary Gonzales of DBTC to the Vice Chairman, Mr. Michael De Castro from Aquinas, alongside Technical Director, Mr. Joseph Arguelles of PCS.

The man behind the success: Gary Gonzales' vision of bringing like-minded professionals, businessmen, and the like from different schools came into fruition as he and the board assembled 12 teams donning their names with pride.

The gentlemen took centre stage, led by the Chairman, who gave the welcome remarks for the opening day. League Secretary, Mr. TJ Rosal (CSA), Treasurer- Mr. Russ Regaspi (LSGH), and Business Devt./Marketing- Mr. Carlos Aquino(LSQC) rounded out the officers who will look to lead and nourish the prestigious league of high school alumni.

Hard to pick one winner: The judges had a tough time, but it was Ms. Linda Jean of Lourdes School Quezon City (LSQC) who took home the Best Muse honors.

The opening tip was sparked by Don Bosco Technical College's comeback win against the highly-touted Aquinas. The Greywolves clawed their way back from a lead that went beyond 20- points, with David Jose Lacsamana's go-ahead bucket, a run that was engineered by the comeback catalyst, Rechie Melvin Fermo who sank six triples, notching the win and the player of the game nod.

Battle of pride: Teams quickly turned on the heat as Aquinas and Don Bosco Technical College fought tooth-and-nail until the end. The latter, however, would get the W after a come-from-behind rally.

In another game of momentum shifts, Benedict Tirado's 30-20 monster double-double feat conquered the inside game; beasting and feasting on Paco Catholic School's interior defense to carry the Don Bosco Technical Institute of Makati to a 78- 62 victory. "Busko 87" caught fire after trailing by 12 in the early going and never looked back, as they went on to grab a double-digit lead in the third period and leave PCS in their trail.

At the end of the day, basketball is still a brotherhood: In a true display of camaraderie, players from both Don Bosco Technical Institute (DBTI) and Paco Catholic School (PCS) exchanged pleasantries after the game, and took one for the camera

Halfway through the opening day, Marist flexed their might in a masterful payoff period to notch their first victory at Jose Rizal University's expense. Marlon Guzman was impressive in his team's debut, finishing with a near double-double of nine markers, 11 boards to go along with three assists and two big blocks.

Holy Trinity Academy bowed to St. Anthony, behind Christopher Sacobos' 14 point-seven rebounds performance, 69-58. Allan Cailles scorched the net with four triples, good for 16 markers while Jayson Dalino's hot-shooting display gave him 17 points on a near 80% shooting from the field in the opening victory.

Nearing the conclusion of the opening day, Our Lady of Perpetual Succor College showcased their wares against the Lourdes School of Quezon City, with a 64-58 win. Jefferson Sy showed the way for his squad with a perfect 4/4 shooting from the field, hauling down seven boards, and swatting three attempts inside the shaded area.

The sixth and final game saw Angelicum claim its first victory against Pasig Catholic College in a close one, 49- 43. In the low-scoring affair, Xavier Nadurata scored a third of his team's output (16 points) along with three rebounds and two steals, to propel his team against the Kumbento Ballers of Pasig.

Emiliano Palo Jr. soars for a layup in the 2nd quarter action. The Kumbento boys, however, would bow down to Angelicum in a 43-49 thriller.

In an effort to provide a truly worthwhile player experience, the league is filled with prizes and freebies courtesy of its generous sponsors Universidad PH, Carmen's Best, Exile Inc., Renergy System Inc., and The Zen Institute: a Medical Spa.

The teams are divided into two brackets (A & B with six teams each. Bracket A is composed of the Jose Rizal University, Paco Catholic School, Holy Trinity, Angelicum College, Don Bosco Technical College, and Lourdes School of Quezon City.

Bracket B has Our Lady of Perpetual Succor College, Pasig Catholic College, Don Bosco Technical Institute, Marist School, St. Anthony, and Aquinas.

Teams will face the opposing bracket in the elimination phase (6 games per team). The Quarterfinals will have the respective brackets will feature the top four teams at the end of the elims where the #1 seed will face #4 and #2 will face #3. Quarterfinal winners will move on to the semi-finals in their respective brackets, then finally, the semis survivors will face each other in a one game championship that will crown the Kings of the OTBL.

Overtime Basketball League's partnership with Kings of the Court, will bring the games every Saturday from January- March 2018. All games will be played at the Upper Deck Sports Center in Ortigas, Pasig City.