One La Salle Alumni Baskeball League: Midseason Report

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By KOTC Sports Organizing Services, Inc. - Published March 10, 2018

Six weeks of basketball action couldn't justify one single contender in the 20th One La Salle Alumni Basketball League. With 4 divisions heading to the league's climactic elimination stages, it has become anybody's ball game.

First off, in the Seniors Division, defending champions 1986 remained paramount with a flawless 4-0 card. Led by Joey Sta. Maria's consistent numbers of 13.3 ppg and 9.8 rpg, they have officially clinched a semi-finals slot. 1987, meanwhile, remained very close to the hunt. Proving their thirst to claim the championship, Aga Aapito has been all business with monstrous averages of 23.0 ppg, 16.0 rpg, 6.0 apg, 2.3 spg, and 2.5 bpg, finding himself way on top of the food chain; the Season MVP and Defensive Player race.

Three teams, meanwhile have equally two wins in 1992, 1991, and 1989.  Batch 1988, on the other hand, secured its first win after the weekend's tightly-contested affair against 1990 who, rounding out the Seniors Division, is still looking for that elusive first victory. Mathematically, however, anything is still possible with a few more crucial games to play.


 The unstoppable force: Reigning Season MVP Aga Agapito looks to go back-to-back with a staggering 23.0 points per outing and16.0 boards a game.

In the Adults class, defending champions 1998 currently sits on top of the standings with a 3-2 mark, after escaping a tightly-contested affair against 1993, and giving the latter its first loss in three games. Meanwhile, then-defending champions 1999, who skipped last season's festivities, has remained unscathed with a 2-0 mark with big boosts from Paul Artadi, Miggy Confessor and Lou Abad - both games winning by comfortable margins. 1994, on the other hand, led by Season MVP candidate Leo Nadres, remained firm in their hold with a 2-2 mark, despite bowing down to 1995/1996 last Sunday. 

Welcoming the Adult Night High School (ANHS) in the league, the division has been providing a competitive yet enjoyable games to these gentlemen, but more importantly, giving them the opportunity to gain new friends through basketball.

With 6 teams vying for the crown in the division, the elimination round will conclude on April 15, with only four teams advancing to the next phase .

 

A jack of all trades: Leo Nadres has been producing fantasy-like stats of  24.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 5.5 apg, and 4.5 spg.

In the Juniors' Division, both One Love and 2016 have been riding high with respective 3-game winning streaks. One Love, after being humbled on opening day, finally found its groove with all cylinders clicking capped by a double-digit victory over 2010. The boys from 2016, meanwhile, after two consecutive losses, responded very well to the pressure. With their backs against the wall, Andre Duremdes, the current Season MVP leader, and his crew mustered victories over 2009, 2011, and last Sunday, against 2013 - with a "little" help from no less than Ricci Rivero.

The cavalry has arrived: 2016 earns its 3rd straight win with the help of Ricci Rivero's 21-point, 18-rebound outing last March 4, 2018.

Interestingly, like its Seniors and Adults counterparts, the Juniors Division is still anybody's ball game with no team safe from playoff contention yet, and no team officially out of the chase. 2010, despite last week's loss, currently holds an equal 3-2 record; followed by 2011 with a 2-2 record; then both 2009 and 2005/2007/2008 with respective 1-2 cards. Batch 2013, meanwhile, albeit experiencing its third straight setback, still has a lot of fight left with two more crucial games.

Toughing out with the big boys: Alumni newcomer Andre Duremdes has been producing consistent numbers of 14.0 ppg, 13.2 rpg, 1.2 spg, and 3.0 bpg, earning himself the #1 spot in the Season MVP race.

In the Recreational Division, DLSU 105-110 remained on top of the ladder with an unblemished 2-0 card thanks to Carl Cua's mammoth statline of 12.0 ppg and 21.5 rpg.

2009 meanwhile, holding a record of 2-1 will look to cap the elimination round on a winning note as they face newcomers Wakanda. Chino Cruz, the team's resident protector holding down the fort, has been outstanding thus far, averaging 21.0 ppg, 12.5 rpg, and 2.5 apg. Never to go unnoticed, however, is 2006, the metaphorical ticking time bombs as Paolo Rodriguez, the league's Season MVP leader, Mark Lamson and crew are just waiting to peak and explode at the right and crucial time. Lastly, 2012 finally got one as Richie Villaluz and company  gave Wakanda - a group of like-minded professionals from DLSU - their baptism of fire in the with a 93-73 win.

A unique touch to the usual 5-team format, the Recreational Division will have all teams advance to the playoffs in a stepladder format; The top seed shall face #2 - where the winner, enjoying a twice-to-beat advantage, will face #5. The loser between #1 and #2, however, shall face the winner of #3 vs #4.

Scoring at will: Paolo Rodriguez has amassed an average of 29.0 points per outing in his last 3 games, seeing himself skyrocket in the Season MVP race.

Thanks to its sponsors - Universidad, NBA Store, and Jersey Haven among others, the vision of bringing the best basketball experience to the alumni is slowly coming to fruition as players have been receiving much-deserved tokens.

Likewise, continuously working to provide the best tournament experience are Mr. Miguel Fernandez- Chairman of the LSGH Basketball Committee, League Organizer, president and founder of Kings of the Court, Mr. Cholo Legisma, and the legendary coach, Mr. Tonichi Pujante- commissioner of the league. 

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas(SBP)-sanctioned tournament in cooperation with the La Salle Greenhills Alumni Association(LSGHAA), will see its pinnacle stages - The playoffs, beginning April 22, 2018 only at the St. Benilde Gymnasium.