Players in uniform: Emmanuel Dadulla, Russell Ayala, Matthew Panganiban, Luke Valerio, Carter Lapeña, FJ Los Baños, Jodey Delos Santos, Benfer Pineda, Norman Ayala and Elmer Zamora. Coaches: Manny Ayala and Dexter Delos Santos. (Photo by Alvin Lapeña)
On Dec. 12, 2015, six strong teams came together to play for this coveted cup.
In the end, the young men of the North Jersey/UFBL team came out victorious in their quest for another championship.
Games played: Vs Philadelphia Suns (46-24) Vs Chinatown Life Rockits A (38-36) Semi-finals vs BSANY (34-44) Championship vs Lunar NYC (44-51)
Most of the players are only 14 years old but, along with a few 15 year olds, challenged themselves to play against teams that were mostly consisted of 15 year olds who were for the most part were taller than the North Jersey/UFBL players.
The Championship game was very nerve racking as the lead kept changing between the two teams.
At the halftime mark, the score was separated by only one point.
It was when there was about five minutes left on the second half is when the boys from New Jersey came together and tightened up their defenses to prevent Lunar NYC from further scoring.
Clinics are being held each Sunday, contact Alvin Lapena at 201.471.5579 for more information.
Setting: Coastal Sports East & West
Tournament: 9th Annual Give Me 5 Tip Off Classic
Division: Boys 15 and under
Sponsored by: www.asianhoops.com
Congratulations to the following Filipino teams that competed in the Asian basketball tournament on Dec. 12.
13 under BSANY - champion SIPAG - runner -up
15 under North Jersey/UFBL - champion BSANY - semi-finalist
Next tourney is on Feb. 21, 2016.