TBL Winterlympics Open Cup Season2 Launches Full Battle Mode
TBL Winterlympics Open Cup Season 2 Launches Full Battle Mode
By: Arsenio ‘Archie’] Torrejos, II – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
The much-awaited Takhasussi Barkadahan League (TBL) “Winterlympics Open Cup Season 2” of Saudi Oger Limited kicked off with much fanfare and gusto last 14th of November at the company’s Takhasussi Camp Basketball Court, where players, guests, sponsors and sports enthusiasts gathered for the festive Opening Ceremonies. Raging with the theme “Keeping the Fire Burning and Alive Through Solidarity in Sportsmanship and Camaraderie”, a total of 15 basketball teams and four volleyball teams paraded to vie for the championship cups.
The brainchild of TBL Committee Chairmen Felipe Sebuco (External Affairs) and Ronaldo Lara (Internal Affairs), the Winterlympics Open Cup aims to foster a genuine spirit of unity, brotherhood and camaraderie among fellow Saudi Oger employees and to actualize the sports-mindedness of all basketball enthusiasts. The TBL Execom ensured all the necessary preparation and coordination months before the schedule to guarantee the integrity of the tournament. With Chairmen Sebuco and Lara at the helm, the rest of the TBL Execom include Abner Salvador (Treasurer), Allan Chavez (PRO), and technical members Randy Sangalang, Erle Atiz, Ambo Parducho, Arris Narciso, Jay Malit and Arturo Catulong. Standing as advisers for the TBL Execom are Hector Cablara and Arsenio Torrejos II.
Sponsorship from Peak Shoes and Western Union added extra sparkle to the tournament, with both sponsors generously donating ‘operating funds’ for the tournament. Moreover, Peak Shoes graciously distributed discount vouchers and raffled off pairs of shoes during the Opening Ceremonies, likewise, sponsored the TBL Execom’s footwear and official polo shirt.
The participating basketball teams include Team Gensan Marlins (Manager Alfredo Abayhon), Team HOB Al Mutraf (c/o Angelito Payawan), Team Jeremiah (c/o Ariel Benolirao), Team Kingdom Challenge (Manager Romy Madrigal), Team Mighty Arabs (c/o Dudz Colambot), Team Oger Barkadahan Riyadh (c/o Lorenzo Yray), Team Oger Bombers (c/o Romy Navigar), Team Oger Mixers (c/o Ernesto Ceniza), Team Oger Monsters, Team Pampanga (c/o Rex Capati), Team Rawda (c/o Noel Tacbad), Team Pangasinan, Team Oger Thunder (c/o Arwel de Jesus), Team Slasher (c/o Gabby Santiago), and Team Systems Integration (c/o Jess Mingoy). The Best in Uniform award went to Oger Thunder, handsome and striking in their royal blue sports ensembles.
The participating volleyball teams include Team Invaders, Team Slashers, Team S.O. Eagle Reborn and Team Mighty Kingdom.
The tournament is currently ongoing and the teams are battling head-to-head to be able to advance to the semi-final rounds and ultimately, the championship rounds. The games are a showcase of amazing basketball techniques and signature moves, and they serve as a leveling field, as many of the participating teams have emerged winners in previous tournaments. To wit, Team Slasher was the Champion for TBL Season 1, while the likes of Team Gensan Marlins and Team Kingdom Challenge have won other tournaments as well.
The TBL Committee wishes to extend their gratitude to all who attended and graced the event. – [Arsenio ‘Archie’ Torrejos, II, an OFW, is a Mensahero contributing writer from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.]