Doble: Sharks on the horizon

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By Henry G. Doble

Take Two

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

AS THE regional Prisaa meet rages in Antique, a new breed of Sharks are training not underwater but in a mahogany court of a gym under renovation for its 2014 sports and cultural events.

The VMA Global College which finished fifth and last in the Negros Occidental Private Sports, Cultural and Educational Association (Nopsscea) men's basketball in 2013 have reverted from a passive into a more serious mode. Why the sudden change. Well, maybe they got tired of losing in the favorite sport of the Filipinos.

The presence of former basketball standouts in the sidelines is enough proof that this well-known maritime school in the border of Sum-ag and Punta Taytay, the last barangays south of Bacolod, wants to quit playing the role of whipping boys.


Now in his mid-40's, head coach Felipe Tumamot was once a star point guard for Visayan Maritime Academy. Assistant mentor Rex Bayer was once the top Eagle of Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod. His experience as chairman of the boards despite his limited ceiling is a plus for rookies and veterans who will occupy and move most of the time inside the paint.

The third man in the triangle is trainer Godoy Cipriano, a terror at the post and from the arc when he is on a zone. His knowledge of the game and above average basketball I.Q. with West Negros College (now WNU) is something for opponents to worry about.

Even without VMA's high school department recruiting future quality stars for its college varsity, the Sharks coaching staff will give Nopsscea's top four something to watch out come Nopsscea opening.

VMA's chief for basketball operations Jose Batuigas is confident that the Sharks will do better compared to last year. Its return to the premier inter-schools meet was sort of a test dive for the Sharks. After missing for so many years, the Sharks' jaws were a bit rusty and were never considered a threat.

It will be quite different with the trio holding court and if you believe that three heads are better than one, then expect the Sharks to make some surprises come game time.

This early, VMA Global is navigating its course to toughen its dribbling Sharks through fundamental drills, some scrimmage, advanced tutorial lessons and individual tips not learned in basketball clinics.

It is contemplating of joining a league to test its skills, a road trip to face other warriors at the same time scout for other kids with potentials and willing to finish a marine course.

The road to success is like sailing the rough seas. More often than not the trip would be sickening, frustrating, scary and unpredictable. But the Sharks will remain a predator and those who cross its path might end up its meal or shredded into pieces.

Its final test is still some eight months away. Whether the Sharks will burp, be trapped in the net and its fins sold, that we would like to see. Meanwhile, enjoy wading at the sea as no Jaws are yet in sight.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on January 07, 2014.


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