by: Riel Santos
The summer brings the heat inside the hardcourt of University of Winnipeg as teams from the Juvenile, Midgets, Men’s, and Bantam divisions battle during the 10th PBA Winnipeg Tournament last June 24-26, 2011. Of the 23 teams that participated in the event, only the top four for each division competed at the final championship match.
After three days of adrenaline-filled basketball action, four teams were declared champions: Winnipeg Spirits for the Bantam division (with the score of 51-36 over their rival, Hawks); Winnipeg Spirits for the Midget division (against FBA-Wolverine with the score of 64-58); Team Academy for the Juvenile division (a close fight versus Team Wesmen, with the score of 65-62); and Indo Pak for the Men’s (leading far ahead with the score of 77-59, against Stephen OJ).
Four players were hailed as the best for the season: Daniel Tuazon with jersey no. 5, for the Bantam division; Chris Benavides of Winnipeg Spirits for the Midgets; Jamar Farley of Team Academy (who scored 19 points) for the Juvenile; and Dave Brar of Indo Pak for the Men’s.
The commissioner of PBA Winnipeg, Manny Arañez said that the 10th PBA Winnipeg Tournament was a success.