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posted Oct 9, 2008

Basketball Fever Grips Filams

Philippine Basketball
Upstart 4-Sons Realty trounced Forex, 67 - 46 in a game that began tight and even, however, right after the middle of the game 4-Sons Realty started connecting from the outside and converting from the inside lane on their fast drives.

The match was followed by five other games in the 2008 season of the Philippine Basketball Association of South Florida (PBASF). PFG Empire beat AMI Risk, 41-30. MFC edged Ace Motor Works Corp. 38-37. The Miami Kings beat Philippine American Society 47-33. The Lightning won over Amay Rest. The final game of the week saw the Flips over Boleros 50-30.

The PBASF held its official opening at the Washington Park and Community Center in Hollywood, Florida. In a strong show of support, Filipino community leaders, business leaders, guests, and basketball afficionados witnessed the unfolding of a new era in sports for the Filipino American community in South Florida.

Filipino basketball fans root for their team favorite

“Its amazing how far we’ve move forward,” said Edwin Dominado, president of the Philippine American Federation of South Florida. “The forming of the PBASF by its organizers is a milestone -- it strengthens the community and now added a venue for our youth to get involved.”

The PBASF was formally organized this year by hard-core basketball enthusiasts, the PBASF aims to promote sportsmanship, camaraderie and discipline among the participants, their families, and the community.

The PBASF is led by its president Rey Lazaro, who during his years in Philippine pro basketball, played for Tanduay in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and Far Eastern University in the UAAP (University Athletic Association of the Philippines) circuit. PBASF commissioner is Mike Bilbao, who was a top player during his days at Yco Tanduay in the PBA and De La Salle University in the UAAP. The PBA is the first and oldest professional basketball league in Asia (1975).

Twelve teams are competing for the PBASF championship in a single-round robin series. The teams are 4-Sons Realty, Ace Motor Works Corp, Philippine American Society, PFG Empire, MFC, Forex, Flips, Miami Kings, Amay Rest, Boleros, AMI Risk, Lightning.

Filipino basketball teams line up at opening ceremonies

The rest of the season’s games promise to be exciting with fans and families rooting for their own. By the time the final games are played, winners and valiant losers emerge in the spirit of sportsmanship and unity. The biggest score in this event was landed by the organizers for the Filipino community -- who now have reason to get together with a common goal. (Filam News Digest)


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