Monday, June 8, 2015


Marshaling the phenomenal growth in membership over the past two years, the Association of Young Filipino-Chinese Entrepreneurs (Anvil Business Club) formed its first-ever inter-color sports league which involved all its 250-plus members. For its first (and presumably the most-awaited) tournament, the basketball series opened with an exciting, two-game playoff between Team Hobe/Far East vs. Team West Avenue Residences (WAR), and the Team Crown Pipes vs. Team Dragon Fireworks.
Sports Committee Chairman cum Head Commissioner Chester So, rendered an exceptionally well-drafted commentary on Game One:
"On the opening night of the Anvil Club's Basketball Tournament, Team Hobe/Far East escaped with a hairline victory over the gritty Team West Avenue Residences (WAR), with a final score of 52-49. Team WAR had ball possession with Team Hobe/Far East leading 50-49 when Hanz Chan stole the ball and went in for a fast break lay-up with 9 seconds remaining on the game clock. This turned out to be the insurance basket. In the dying seconds of the game, Team WAR failed to send the game into overtime when they were not able to convert a desperate 3-pointer. Errol Chua led Team Hobe/Far East with 21 points and 11 boards, while younger brother Earl Chua added 9 boards; and Ace Olano chipped in 12 points. Team WAR was led by a balanced game by Alex Tan with 20 points, 13 boards, 2 assists and 2 steals. Eckhart Ang, plagued by early foul trouble, brought in 6 boards and 4 steals to the tally count.
"In the second game, Team Crown Pipes took advantage of a slow start by Team Dragon Fireworks and won 67-45. Denzil Li and Jjs Siy struck early and Team Crown Pipes raced to an early 20-point advantage in the first half. The lead ballooned to as much as 26 points when Team Dragon's star player Jayson Sze caught fire in the Third Quarter by bringing his team to as close as 13 points behind, only to lose steam and yield to Team Crown Pipes. Team Dragon Fireworks was out-rebounded 53-38 that proved to be their undoing. Team Crown Pipes was led by an all-around game from Denzil Li with 19 points, 15 boards, 4 assists, 1 block and 2 steals. Reymont Choachuy added 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Brian Dee added another 13 points, with Baron Tan collecting 10 boards. Jayson Sze led Team Dragon Fireworks with 18 points, while Noel Yu had 9 points and 14 boards. Kenneth Dee added 10 points and Nikko Lim sealed the game with 6 points and 11 boards."
Do watch out for the succeeding elimination games on Tuesday, June 9, between Team Dragon Fireworks vs. Team West Avenue Residences; and Team Hobe/Far East vs. Team Crown Asia Pipes.

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