AMBASSADORS’ CUP SEASON 2020 FINALS
By Noel Matencio – Filipino News Sports Editor
AUCKLAND – The Ambassadors’ Cup Season 2020 held an exciting season finale on 14 November at the Allan Brewster Leisure Centre in Papatoetoe, Auckland.
This sporting activity is a project of the Good Heart NZPH Foundation Charitable Trust under the leadership of Lani Larsen.
The tournament aims to foster sportsmanship, provide emotional support and create opportunities for the integration of migrant Filipinos into mainstream New Zealand society.
The games started on 7 March, but as the pandemic raged on globally the NZ lockdown stretched the sporting calendar towards year end.
On hand to witness the final games were Hon Ambassador Gary Domingo, Head of POLO Angel Borja Jr., Good Heart NZPH Foundation Charitable Trust officials, tournament sponsors and guests.
The battle for 3rd Place between O’Reilly’s Motel and DC & RB was a default, as DC & RB was not able to field their players in regulation time.
The much awaited championship game between the Wow Phenoms and J Bing came off the block with a bang.
The first quarter action was filled with good perimeter shooting and fast transition plays for both teams, ending with a score of 10-8 in favour of J Bing.
The second quarter saw the Phenom team controlling the rebounds and with accurate outlet passes creating fast break points, they ended this quarter leading by 11 points (27-16).
In the third quarter J Bing had heaps of turnovers and was in early foul trouble. The Phenoms controlled the offense with a high shooting percentage and good ball distribution, which gave them a 20 point lead (42-22).
The fourth Quarter saw the Phenoms with their attacking offense, crashing the boards for those all important offensive rebounds.
When the smoke of battle cleared the Phenoms emerged victorious. Final score 57-35.
In his closing message Hon Ambassador Domingo reiterated the importance of sports as a conduit for uniting our kababayans here in New Zealand.
This league aims to create an All Star team to prospectively compete with our Australian mates.
He mentioned that with the success of this basketball tourney other sports like volleyball and chess are also on the table.
As a final note, Ambassador Domingo reminded everyone that “All of us are Ambassadors” and flag bearers of the motherland, therefore we need to strive for excellence at work, in school and in everyday life in Aotearoa.