I wasn’t able to play or even watch the any of the games because I had to report to work yesterday. I heard that there was a big commotion yesterday because of questionable officiating and apparently, the coach of SD Vipers blew his top and berated the officials about it. It was unfortunate for that to happen, but then again, shit happens in basketball. But I’m pretty confident that our organizers were able to handle the situation and pacify all parties involved. I just hope that yesterday’s unfortunate event would be the last and I sure wish that all parties learned from that experience.
Day 3 Game Results:
Game 1: Rebels vs Ayala – Rebels wins due to forfeiture
APS NOBL gave back to the community yesterday when the players donated clothes to the victims of super typhoon Yolanda. It started out as a suggestion from one player who had the idea to donate some of our old jerseys to out countrymen in need. Since most of the players are regular hoops junkies in and out of the NOBL, most of us had excess jerseys that were no longer used. The said campaign was pretty successful as we were able to gather quite a lot of donations which are mostly clothing and blankets which will surely be put to good use once they reach the victims in the Visayas.
Moving on to the games, below are the game results.
1st Game: Giants 54 Vs Stallion 40
2nd Game: SD Vipers 67 vs Cyberpythons 54
3rd Game: WFM 77 vs HR Vikings 58
4th Game: Titans (winner by forfeiture) vs Ayala
5th Game: Cobras 72 vs Rebels 56
6th Game: Giants 63 vs Cyberpythons 59
In addition to the results above, the opening game win of Ayala was forfeited after they failed to present documentation of the eligibility of the players they lined up during the opening win against the SD Vipers.
Six games were scheduled on the opening day and the event was quite a success. As in any basketball league, there were some complains about the officiating but it’s just all part of the game. It was unfortunate though that there were at least 3 injuries that day though nothing was serious except for a suspected ACL injury on one player. Good thing though that it turned out not to be not a serious one.
One team though had to deal with a protest after winning since they supposedly fielded players who were not eligible to play in the league. They won their game, but the final verdict would be decided if they will keep the win or forfeit the game after the investigation requested by the losing team. Below are the game results.
What started out as a friendly 6 team tournament, the APS Non Operations Basketball League has now grown into something bigger and better. On November 9, we will be opening our 4th season and judging by our current system, this season is by far the best and most competitive.
The APS Non Operations Basketball League kicked off its inaugural season last year. It started out as a friendly basketball league organized by basketball enthusiasts from the company. Simply put, it’s a basketball league organized by basketball players. Originally, the league was composed of teams coming from support groups in the company, hence the name Non Operations Basketball League. Employees from different support groups like IT, HR, Work Force, Admin and Security came up with their own line ups and faced off each other.
The first season was organized by one of the two teams from IT. As the organizers, they took care of the booking of the venue and the hiring of the referees. Since it was just supposed to be a fun and friendly tournament, the players/participants took care of everything except for the actual officiating. Table committee duties were rotated among the teams. The whole atmosphere actually felt like a DIY basketball league.
The responsibility of organizing the succeeding seasons was also eventually rotated to the other participating teams. Going to seasons 2 and 3, minor changes came into place. What started out as a basketball league for support groups, people from Operations slowly took notice and expressed intentions of joining the league. Organizers eventually had the idea of having “imports” from the Operations join the league. Since the league was primarily designed for Non Operations folks, 1-import per team policy was put in place. The acquisition of imports from Operations eventually opened the gates of the league as “guest” teams from Operations started signing up to join the league.
Fast forward to Season 4, from the humble beginnings of the Non Operations Basketball League, the league is now big enough to support at least 10 teams including the original member teams and several guest teams. As part of the host team and as one of the team POCs, I’m hoping for a fun and competitive basketball season.