April 14, 2024

Bay Area shows Pinoys lots of love in visit to Tenement

Bay Area shows Pinoys lots of love in visit to Tenement

It’s been nearly a month since the Bay Area Dragons lost the Commissioner’s Cup finals, yet they are still very much here in the country and making their presence felt. In fact, they are dishing out lots of love—sharing not only their hoops knowledge but also their blessings.

On Saturday, the Dragons paid a visit to the Tenement Famous Court, known primarily for the artistic murals painted on the court itself—including portraits of Kobe and Gianna Bryant and of popular Filipino sporting heroes. But on their visit to arguably the country’s most famous pavement court, the Dragons were the undisputed heroes.

The Dragons, led by coach Brian Goorjian and imports Myles Powell and Andrew Nicholson, held a basketball outreach at the Tenement in Taguig, giving away basketballs, gear, and shoes to selected kids. The team, who made such a big impression in local hoops with their impressive Commissioner’s Cup stint, also shared their basketball knowledge through a hoops clinic and then later on played with the young basketball hopefuls.

Photos and short reels of the basketball outreach are posted on the Dragons’ official Facebook page. It has been chronicling the team’s journey starting for several months now, starting from their PBA preparations to their finals appearance, to their practices heading into the EASL tournament this March. And from the looks of things, it appears the Dragons, so intense on the PBA hardcourt, had as much of a good time as the kids did—with smiles on everyone’s faces as they interacted with the audience and gamely played with youthful campers.

Also in attendance were the Dragons’ core, including talented forward Zhu Songwei, affable big man Liu Chuangxing, and heady playmaker Glen Yang. Students from Shantou University, whose varsity team played against Bay Area recently in a tune-up, took part in the basketball outreach as well.