“Teamwork: The Fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” – Andrew Carnegie
The PCC Crusaders of the Grade School and High School Departments of Pasig Catholic College handily won the 2018 PAPRISA Basketball Championships held last October 16, 2018 at our own St. Joseph Gym. The double victories for our Teams cement our lofty status as the best private educational institution in the field of basketball in the City of Pasig.
Both our teams displayed complete dominance against their respective rivals. The Elementary troopers demolished their opponents by an average of 40 points, capping their brilliance by walloping The Huckleberry and Friends Learning Center by a score of 64 to 13 in the final game. The Champions were truly a cut above the rest of the participants both in talents and skills. Guiding the players in their triumphs were Coaches Marlon Bandi and Rhonans Sanchez.
While the success of the Little Crusaders was already predicted, it was not the case with the Junior Crusaders who were up against around 24 other contending teams. On the way to the championship, the Junior Crusaders defeated the Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, The Sacred Heart Academy of Pasig, La Immaculada Conception School and Niño Jesus House of Studies. The first encounter with Niño Jesus saw the Crusaders winning by 3 points, proving that they were a worthy opponent not to be taken lightly. They met again for the championship but this time, our cagers completely dominated their rivals to come out on top by 17 points until the final buzzer. Their coaching staff was led by Coach Bong de la Cruz, a former coach of the UST Growling Tigers, Christopher Tiamson and Richard Rosales.
The vision for the school to be the dominant force in basketball in the City of Pasig is slowly being realized. This is all part of the comprehensive basketball program ultimately designed to attract new students to our school. The Head of the Varsity and Enrichment Basketball Camp Programs is the former Chairman of the PBA and Team Manager of the Sta. Lucia Realtors, Mr. Manuel “BUDDY” M. Encarnado (H.S. Batch 1967). He is also currently the General Manager of the NCR Athletic Association, Inc. (NCRAA), which will opening on November 23, 2018 for their 26th Season.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR CHAMPIONS. WE ARE ALL PROUD OF YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS.
MABUHAY! PCC CRUSADERS
By: Nestor M. Encarnado
(H.S. Batch 1972)
Basketball Camp Coordinator