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Binmaley five fail this time

By Jesus A. Garcia Jr.

AFTER three tries with one championship in their pocket, the fans of the very popular Binmaley quintet were surprised to see the later fail to enter the second round of the 3rd Governor’s Cup Pangasinan Inter-Town/City Basketball Tournament. I don’t know how that happened because I didn’t get to watch all their games in the elimination round. Many believe the failure of the squad this time was due to the absence of their scoring champion and the league’s first edition MVP, the reliable Roxar Melendez. Yes, I guess that’s true. Some fans from the town also shared the same observation, that nobody in the team can fill in the shoes of the six-foot-two Melendez. Last I heard about the 25 year-old lanky Melendez was that he was recruited by Quezon City-based Diliman College, a step closer to the professional league, the PBA.

The Binmaley five under the new tutelage of former MBA (Metropolitan Basketball Association) Pangasinan Presidents cager Juan Castro is bracketed with the Central Conference that had eight teams battling for the top four to qualify in the second round. Unfortunately, the Binmaley boys of Mayor Sammy Rosario landed fifth this time, their poorest performance in the three-year-old league, organized by our sports-minded Gov. Amado “Pogi” Espino lll. Worse, they also win the Wild Card Conference, the last slot to qualify for the second round. The elimination round of Central Conference was topped by the league’s two-time first runner-up Manaoag with seven wins-no loss, while the rejuvenated Bayambang team of hizzoner Cesar T. Quiambao came in close second with six wins-one loss. Their single defeat was in the hands of Manaoag. My town Mangaldan and last year non-qualifier, the energized Malasiqui boys, landed third and fourth, respectively.

In our last week issue, I mistakenly listed Binmaley in the fourth spot instead of Malasiqui. My sincere apologies to the Malasiqui team and its fans. It was an honest oversight.

According to Henry Escleto of the governing Pangasinan Sports Development and Management Council (PSDMC), the venue of the second round will be announced during February 12 meeting of team coaches and managers. The remaining 15 teams will be divided in two brackets, A and B.   

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My big thanks to the people who in one way or the other selflessly lent support for the success of the 2019 Binmaley Cycling Challenge held last February 3 that I directed –  to our sponsors, Excellent Noodles of Alex Billan, businessman Charlie “Atong” Ang, Mayor Sammy Rosario, PNP provincial director SSupt. Wilson Lopez and his men (especially Binmaley OIC Supt. Charlie Umayam, SPO2 Mike Tabora), Mrs. Nancy Suratos of Lingayen barangay Lomboy, and Lomboy barangay captain Cesar Fernandez. Above all, I thank the Lord and Almighty God and Our Lady of Manaoag Mama Mary.

The 85-kilometer bikefest with 43 participants was won by Ysmael Gendrano of Manila in the master category; Toti Calpezo of San Fabian was second and Virgilio Valenzuela also from Manila, was third.  David Jugo of San Fabian topped the grandmaster division, Modesto Martos of San Manuel, Tarlac was second, and Tony Agno of Villasis placed third. Cash prizes, trophies and medals were awarded by Alex Billan.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: All go to one place: all are from the dust, and all return to dust. ECCLESIASTAS 3: 20

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