FBA Winnipeg entered the 11th annual intercity FBANA tournament hosted by PBA Chicago with 11 teams ranging from the Tykes to Masters division. Over the Labour Day weekend there were over 100 teams from 12 North American cities competing for gold and bragging rights.
Winnipegs Tykes 11U team coached by Mike Lisan won their division by beating Toronto in the semis 37-29 to face Mississauga in the finals and winning the Tykes championship 62-53.
In the Midget Girls 17U division coached by Arsenio dela Cruz and Eldrin Geli, the team won their 4th consecutive FBA title by beating Chicago in the semis 46-23 and Mississauga in the finals 51-33.
This mixed group of girls ranging from 14-17 years old (born 1998-2000) have been together for the past 4 summers training 4-5 times a week throughout summer break in preparation for the annual FBA-NA September Labour Day long weekend basketball tournament. Their dedication to the program and to one another is one of the keys to their successes and we hope to continue this tradition every summer.
Heres how our other Winnipeg teams did:
•PeeWee 13U division coached by Ron Balingit finished 3rd overall.
•Bantam Girls 15U division coached by Eldrin Geli finished 3rd.
•Bantam Boys 15U division coached by Ruel Maranan finished 5th.
•Midget Boys 17U division coached by Iggy Grinevsky finished 2nd.
•Juvinile Boys 20U division coached by Rob Adelantar and Lloyd Celones finished 3rd overall.
•Ladies Open division coached by Wilf and Jocelyn Edic finished 4th overall
•Mens Open division coached by Arsenio dela Cruz finished 5th
•Mens 6’0 and Under coached by Leo Sadiua finished 5th
•Senior Mens coached by Alvin Mansilugan finished 6th
•Masters Division coached by Randy Viray finished 3rd overall.
As well, team Winnipeg won this years FBA-NA title for Best Jersey (sponsored by Loralee) and had the largest attendance of teams, players and spectators over the weekend.
Congratulations to all of team FBA Winnipeg, our sponsors and supporters, volunteers, coaches, players and families for a job well done in representing our city with pride and passion for the sport of basketball.
Photos by Nelson Manalili and PBA Winnipeg handouts.