ALMOST but not enough for the Philippines.
The Philippines, represented by the Pinoy Youth Dreamers, settled for first runner-up junior after losing to HKBA Hong Kong team in the championship match of the 7th Asia Pacific Basketball Youth Cup at the United World College (UWC) in Singapore recently.
Handled by PYD founding president-coach Beaujing Acot and assistant coaches Vengie Gabales and Migs Geronimo, the Filipinos finished with a 3-2 win-loss record in the centerpiece 18 years old and under tournament.
The PYD dribblers suffered an opening-day loss to host team Dover Phoenix but pulled off back-to-back wins over SMABA Indonesia and Hwa Chong-China in elimination round.
The Filipinos made it three wins in a row by beating SSA- Vietnam in crossover semis.
“We’re happy with the performance of the boys. They did well against their taller and stronger foreign counterparts,” said Acot.
“More than winning, the boys learned valuable lessons and experience which would only make them better individually and as a team," added Acot.
Acot thanked Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, Smart Communication Inc., Buddy's Pancit Lucban, Regent Food Corporation, Batis Armin Hotel and Resort, Hygienix Alcohol Splash Corporation, JAMAN, Hook Up Clothing and Watches, H+Autoworks, Xpress Printing, Arceege Sportswear and Barangay San Antonio, Pasig City for their support to the team.
The members of the PYD 18-under team are Kyle Ysibido, Lawrence De Borja, Robert Adrian Carbonell, Kimuel Josh Asio, Victor Pangilinan, Marc Angelo Dela Cruz, Robert Oflear, Andres De Guia, Sandrex Banluta, Kyle Iverson Madriaga, Jan Daniel Geronim, Carlos Miguel Jacob and Baffy Acot.