Siglakas 2012 Unity Cup opens today in Riyadh
Siglakas 2012 Unity Cup opens today in Riyadh
The most awaited Basketball Tournament 2012 Unity Cup of the Siglakas International Riyadh South District starts today at 4 p.m. at the Dunes Compound Filipino Community basketball court in Olaya Thalateen area here.
Siglakas Riyadh South League Commissioner Henry Dumalaon confirmed 15 teams including 1 guest team from the venue sponsor entered the tournament. Last season’s third placer Dunes will lead Group A with Dumez P.B., Khazzan, King Fahd Hospital, Industrial, Recs 1 and Senayah teams completing the list. In Group B are 2011 league champions Roma and Yamama teams, Al Kharj, Artec, Aziziah, Farazdaq, Shemesy and Wardeh.
The opening ceremony will start with the parade of participating teams and muses followed by the singing of Philippine national anthem to be conducted by Mark Howell Lerio and the opening remarks by Siglakas President Eduardo Sarmiento. Program anchors Joan Malayo, Aiza Guerrero, Hazel Redolme and Sarah Jane Suguitan will introduce guest speakers Siglakas Chairman Willy Espiritu and Sports Commissioner of Dunes Compound Filipino Community Ben Samson Duhaylungsod.
Last season’s MVP Ricky Vargas will lead the oath of sportsmanship to be followed by the awarding of best team in uniform and best muse. Siglakas Adviser Felix A. Flor Jr. will deliver the closing remarks and do the ceremonial toss of the ball.
Opening day games pit Dunes against Industrial and Shemesy against Yamama.
Teams grouped into two brackets play a single round robin in the elimination rounds with top two of each bracket to qualify for the crossover semifinal. The last two teams will battle for third and fourth and the best to contest the championship in a best-of-three series. Regular games will be played Fridays from 4:30 p.m.
The tournament enjoys the generous support of Bukabin-Siglakas International Riyadh South District league advisers Armando C. Ortiz Sr., Felix A. Flor, Jr. and chairpersons Willy Espiritu, Ed Resurreccion, Ricardo Manlutac, Ed Sarmiento, Oscar Rico, Rene Layug, Joe Amoncio, Salvador Vargas, Albert Datijan, Paul Alcantara and Ricky Guerrero. Other Siglakas officers supporting the league are Ricardo De Leon, John Suguitan, Jeff Datoc, Willy Catacutan, Cesar Delos Reyes, Raul Optina, Lito Bayang, Armando Pinulan, Bong Delos Reyes, Jun Urbanes, Emer Espino, Noli Verceles, Elmer Pakinggan, Gilbert Umipig, Raul Villalobos, Noel Tan, Danny Villanueva, Danny Sollestre, Danny Tuazon, Rene Galit, Domeng Mondala, Nestor Imbat, Laurel Lorenzo, Nat Mulleno, Moises Sarmiento and Ernie Ligan. Dunes Compound Filipino Community through Rex Badida and Ben Samson Duhaylungsod also support the tournament.
Henry Dumalaon is the League Commissioner of the Siglakas International Riyadh South District tournament committee. Dumalaon is being supported by the 3-Kapisanan working committee Cris Cabigting, Romeo Manahan, Leo Zamora, Joan Malayo, Aiza Guerrero, Hazel Redolme and Sarah Jane Suguitan. The Siglakas Referees Group led by Artemio Turla will handle the tournament officiating.
Ramadel Falcao, Juan Cuadrado and Yerry Mina star as stylish Colombia break Polish hearts
- The disappointing Poland became the first European side eliminated from the tournament
- The South Americans’ bid for a place in the last 16 will be determined by the results from their final game with Senegal
KAZAN: Radamel Falcao, Yerry Mina and Juan Cuadrado scored as stylish Colombia boosted their World Cup last 16 hopes with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Poland on Sunday.
In a match destined to see the loser sent home after the group stages, Colombia overcame a nervous start against Adam Nawalka’s men to move up to third place in Group H, one point behind Japan and Senegal.
The disappointing Poland became the first European side eliminated from the tournament.
“I’m very sorry and very sad about the result, but tomorrow’s another day and we have to come to terms with things,” said Poland coach Adam Nawalka.
“Our players did their best until the end of the game. We lost to a very strong team and this is something we have to accept.
“I extend my congratulations to Colombia.”
The South Americans’ bid for a place in the last 16 will be determined by the results from their final game with Senegal, who drew 2-2 with Japan earlier in the day.
Colombia’s march to the quarter-finals in Brazil four years ago came thanks to James Rodriguez’s six-goal tally for Los Cafeteros.
And days after a troublesome calf injury restricted him to a half-hour cameo role as 10-man Colombia stumbled to a 2-1 defeat against Japan, the Bayern Munich midfielder was back to his best.
Starting alongside Juan Quintero and Cuadrado on the right, Colombia’s ultra-offensive starting line-up was a forewarning.
After riding a tense start that forced Mina and then Wilmar Barrios to react quickly to thwart early threats from Robert Lewandowski, Colombia eventually got into their stride.
Cuadrado was wasteful on several occasions when finding space deep on the right flank.
The Juventus winger’s trickery would eventually pay dividends, but it was Falcao — who has dreamed all his life of scoring a World Cup goal — who turned on the style, dancing through the Polish defense to win the corner that led to Colombia’s opener.
Rodriguez’s short corner eventually found Quintero, whose smart through ball back to Rodriguez gave him time and space to curl a perfect left-footed cross that Mina rose to header powerfully past Szczesny on 40 minutes.
Colombia resumed in positive fashion, Cuadrado holding up well to set up Falcao for a first-time drive that sailed over Szczesny’s crossbar.
A Colombia counter saw Falcao’s drive from the edge of the area deflected out for a corner.
Nawalka replaced Dawid Kownacki with the more experienced Kamil Grosicki and the switch almost paid dividends.
Only the bravery of goalkeeper David Ospina saved Colombia from conceding what looked like the equalizer when he rushed out to block from Lewandowski after the Bayern Munich striker did well to get a shot away from a long ball from midfield.
Poland threatened again, but when Lewandowski got his head to a cross into the area he was marked by both Mina and Davinson Sanchez.
Colombia, however, were not to be denied.
When right-back Sanitago Arias found Quintero, the midfielder sliced Poland’s defense apart with a low pass that found Falcao on the run before he beat Szczesny down low with the outside of his right boot.
Five minutes later, Rodriguez produced arguably the assist of the night, drawing several Polish players on the left flank before somehow finding Cuadrado on the run with a superb cross-field pass that the pacey winger tucked away.