Buffalo Café
‘Buffalo Café’ open with win PABAK kicks off 27th Conference

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 25: Buffalo Café roared past Electrozan 59-42 in a Non-Leaguers clash while under-manned Al-Sabah Collection secured a 39-31 win over debutant Bnaid Gar in the Open Category as the PABAK/Western Union 27th Conference kicked off Friday at the Hawally Disabled Sports Club.
The launch of the new season, apart from being attended by PABAK officials led by its President, Rodrigo Cerezo, also saw a large number of business representatives as well as members of the general public also in attendance.
In his opening address, President of the Philippines Amateur Basketball Association of Kuwait (PABAK) Rod Cerezo stated that he was confident player, fans and everyone involved in the will maintain the usual discipline and decorum that saw the previous league through to a successful conclusion.
The indoor basketball court was awash with a spectrum of colors of the various participating teams’ uniforms as they paraded around led by their respective beauteous muses during the first part of the opening ceremony.
Teams participating in the different categories in the forthcoming 27th Conference of the PABAK/ Western Union league are:
Inter-Company Division:
KEO; Kout Food Group; Marina FM 88.8; KECC; Buffalo Bulls; Athletes’ Foot; PF Changs China Bistro; Buffalo Café; Electrozan; IMCO.

Non-Leaguers Division:
Apolo Expeditors; JC NET; Voice Center; Al-Sabah Collection; Kalex Co; Calorie Control; The Knights; Kabayan Restaurant; Popeyes; Guardian Republicans; Flipside; Shrimpy.

Open Division:
Al-Maidan; Fil-Am; Berksmen; Natasha Cargo; Al-Sabah Collection; Jade Garden; AF-Gelato; Bneid Gar; Vimexku.

Veterans Division:
Mario’s Restaurant; Club X; Illocano Warriors; Chronos Mills; SMBK.
Eight teams saw action on inaugural day in four matches with Al-Sabah Collection out-classing debutants Bneid Gar 39-31 in the opening game of the Open group behind double digits shots by Arthur Parmatmat who shot with 11 and Mack Mariano’s 10 points. Alvin Ortiz, Ryan Tamayo and Jeff Samiento paced Bneid Gar with 9, 7 and 6 points respectively in their losing cause.
In the second encounter of the day, returning team, Buffalo Café chalked their first win of the season with their 59-42 demolition of newcomers Electrozan in a Non-Leaguers action game with Melvin Icaro and Jeffery Jacinto leading the charge with 15 and 12 points respectively. Dexter De La Pena and Marvin Feranil scored 10 and 8 apiece in the Electrozan’s losing effort.
Natasha Cargo served notice to others in the Open group of their title ambitions when they convincingly defeated fellow returning team Jade Garden Restaurant 72-67 in game three of the day, riding on Dong Bartoline’s 24-point output and a whole-team effort. Ronald Labatus shot 19 in support of the restaurateur’s futile effort.

New league entrants Chronos Mills announced their arrival on the Veteran Division scene when they fought very hard to beat the Ilocano Warriors squad 77-70 after a gruelling encounter. Led by James Carillo, Don Don De La Cruz and a few more veterans on their list, Chronos Mills started the game on a very fast pace ending the first quarter a surprising 17-10 in their favor. The Warriors rallied back in the second quarter and got onto the driver’s seat ending with 24-15, thus cancelling out the Chronos’ advantage and still staying in the lead, but as the third quarter progressed, the Warriors started to lose steam thus ceding the momentum to their opponents to carry on to the very end finishing with a 77-70 result in their favor. Powering Chronos Mills to the win were Carillo, De La Cruz and Rudini who knocked in 17, 14 and 11 points apiece. Erwin Basilio and Jayson Manalac paced the losing Warriors with 12 and 10 points respectively.
The PABAK/Western Union 27th Conference Tournament under the able management of Rod Cerezo and his team of officials is made possible by the kind sponsorship of Western Express Cargo, Kabayan Corner, Gulf Air, Orbit-Showtime Network, Century Properties and Mais Alghanim Restaurant.

By: Iddris Seidu

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