LITTLE did Blackwater Sports team owner Dioceldo Sy know that the breakthrough championship the franchise recently won in the PBA D-League would serve as a final homage to his father.
A week after the Elite pulled off one of the most stunning upsets in local basketball history by completing a sweep of the mighty NLEX Road Warriors in the Finals of the Foundation Cup, the basketball-loving Sy clan found itself mourning the death of its patriarch.
Dioceldo, who once served as chairman of the defunct Philippine Basketball League (PBL), said the entire family was totally shocked with the sudden death of his father Diosdado `Daddy Dado’, 82.
“Bigla na lang siya nanghina e. We were very surprised,” said Sy during his father’s wake at Chapel 313 of the Sanctuarium.
“Parang hinintay niya lang manalo ng championship (before he passed away).”
Just like him, the jolly team owner said his father loves watching the games and was just as thrilled the moment the family became involved in managing a team in Blu Detergents in the PBL way back in the late 90s.
Blu was the same franchise that brought in former PBA and now Asean Basketball League (ABL) MVP Asi Taulava to the country.
The Sys later changed the team from Blu Detergents to Shark Energy Drink and won a PBL championship. They also owned the Ever Billena squad that dominated the short-lived Women’s PBL.
“Mahilig talaga si daddy sa basketball. Maski hindi sa venue, kahit sa TV lang manonood at manonood yan,” said Dioceldo, whose brother Siliman acted as team manager of both Blu and Shark.
And no one was prouder to see Blackwater Sports do the unthinkable and beat the star-studded NLEX team in a title series than the older Sy.
That the championship came days before Father’s Day was perhaps the best gift Dioceldo could offer to his old man.
“Whenever I looked back, siguro nga `yun ang pinaka-magandang gift namin para sa kanya,” said the team owner.
The remains of the older Sy will be cremated on Monday, 9 a.m. (June 24), also at Sanctuarium.