The Pinoy Youth Dreamers (PYD) all-girls team trounced Okkodo Lady Bulldogs of Guam, 68-59, to bag the gold medal in the 1st PYD-Buddy’s International Tournament held at the Batis Aramin Resort in Lucban, Quezon on Sunday.
The PYD all-girls team was composed of players from National Capital Region including Kyla Flores, Pankie David, Samantha Solosa, Mica Pentecostes and Andrea Penetrante.
“It was overwhelming. We were welcome with open arms by the people of Lucban, Quezon. And because it was a big success, we will have another international tournament again this coming April, [in]summertime for boys 13-under and 17-under,” coach Beaujing Acot, PYD founder told The Manila Times.
Flores of Parañaque Science High School was hailed the Most Valuable Player (MVP) while Andrea Penetrante of Diliman Preparatory School was named Finals MVP.
“It was a very good game, PYD got the breaks and they needed it most while our team was able to convert during set plays. We are very thankful for coach Acot for inviting us over here in the Philippines and we surely look forward of going back here,” said Lady Bulldogs coach Arlene Madd.
“We would like to thank Mr. Vincent Veluz of Buddy’s Pancit Lucban and Mr. Chicoy Capistrano of Batis Aramin for making this tournament possible. Both of them are helping youth sports development. And is fully involved in all programs of the Pinoy Youth Dreamers,” he added.
Other participating teams were Southern Luzon State University, Mary Hill College and PYD-Blue team.
Acot created the PYD to give opportunities to aspiring players especially the youth develop their talents and be the best in the future.
“As our slogan always says ‘Touching Hearts and Changing Lives,” he said.
Recently, the PYD inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Brunei Darussalam coach Ali Tummar to create Brunei Youth Dreamers. The MOU aims to develop grassroots basketball program for the budding youth in Darussalam.
The program will focus on skills and character development of the players’ ages six years old and above.
Besides the development for the youth, the MOU mandates to further improve the coaching level of Bruneian’s.
“We have coaching programs which involve the latest technologies and drills. They are also welcome to visit Philippines to watch live games and observe practices from different levels of basketball, from high school to PBA,” said Acot.
On February 7, PYD conducted a 3-on-3 basketball showdown held at Valle Verde covered court in Pasig City.
Over 100 participants joined the 12-under and 16-under categories during the one-day meet.
Winners in the showdown were Angelo Masagca (12U), Michael Alvarez (16U-Group 1), Aaron Sarmiento (16U-Group 2), and Andrea Penetrante in girls division.
PYD basketball program is backed by Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, Regent, Aquasafe, Breadstory, JAMAN, PP Busline, Rain or Shine, Dicepts Builders Inc, D&G fitness gym, Chairman Joselito Dela Merced and Madam Josie Macapagal of Barangay San Antonio, Pasig City.