Warriors lose coach

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Friday, July 25, 2014

CEBUANO basketball mentor Carlo Britt Reroma is taking his coaching skills to Indonesia as he was tasked to call the shots for the expansion team Laskar Dreya South Sumatra in the Asean Basketball League (ABL), which started last July 16.

This means the University of San Carlos Baby Warriors now have to search for a new head coach for the 2014 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) season, which
will start on Aug. 2.

Although Laskar Dreya listed Tondy Radja Syailendra as the team’s head coach, it is Reroma who is calling the shots and making the plays for the expansion team.


During their debut in the Southeast Asian region-wide professional basketball tournament, the South Sumartra representatives lost to the Singapore Slingers last July 20, 62-46.

Laskar Dreya and Hi-Tech Bangkok City are the additions of the ABL, which now plays without a Philippine team following the withdrawal of the Ramon Ang-owned San Miguel Beer and the Mike Romero-owned Philippine Patriot franchises.

Reroma, who won four straight NCAA titles with the San Beda College Red Cubs, took USC Baby Warriors to other heights when he assumed the head coaching job last year.

This is not Reroram’s first international stint as the former member of Don Bosco Techonogical Center Greywolves was also tasked to call the shots for the Indonesian team during the Seaba U18 Championships in Sabah, Malaysia last May.

Aside from Reroma, Scott Aying and John Galinato will not be returning to the Baby Warriors.

Aying and the younger Galinato are now playing for the Chiang Kai Shek Blue Dragons in Manila.

Aying’s lawsuit against Cesafi last year forced the cancellation of the semifinal and final rounds of the high school tournament.

Cesafi barred Aying from suiting up for the Baby Warriors because he failed to meet the eligibility clause, when he transferred to Manila from the Don Bosco Technological Center Greywolves in 2011.

Aying’s parents, Danny and Avah Michelle, brought the issue to the court, hoping to give Scott a chance to play in the league.

However, the Cesafi board stood firm with the decision of the screening committee that disqualified Aying, and eventually cancelled the high school tournament at the start of the semifinal round.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 26, 2014.


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