CEBU CITY - Alaska wingman Dondon Hontiveros brought his search for hidden basketball gems to Ormoc as he staged the Common Ground-DH25 Basketball Tournament Ormoc on Saturday at the Ormoc Superdome.
The Cebuano veteran said that he was encouraged upon seeing the turnout as well as the competitiveness of the participants, which came from as far as the municipality of Hernani, five hours away from Ormoc.
With the 6-foot-2 wingman’s career nearing its twilight, Hontiveros has taken to conducting his DH25 camps all over the country, and this time found a partner in the Cebu-based basketball lifestyle boutique, Common Ground.
“I was really encouraged by the three-day tournament with the help of Coach Cliff (Tesocan). There were some kids who I believe can get college scholarships and there were teams that you can tell sa first look pa lang, that they have been playing together for a long time,” shared Hontiveros of what he saw in the three-division competition.
In the 18-under class, the Ormoc Community Multi-Purpose Cooperative prevailed over Hontiveros’ DH25 team, 84-61, with Raymund Sodaria getting the nod as MVP.
In the 16-under, Leyte Normal University from Tacloban snagged the title with a dominant 73-17 win over CBT. Kyle Abuda was eventually named as the MVP of that age group.
In the 12-under, St. Paul’s School routed Hernani, 44-31, thanks to the MVP performance of Shawn Tesocan.
Upon hearing the feedback from the parents and coaches for bringing the basketball event to Ormoc, Hontiveros vowed to open more opportunities for these kids to showcase their talents.
“Hearing from their parents, coaches thanking me for organizing the event, I can’t describe the happiness that I felt and I was just amazed when they told me some of them had to travel three to four hours just to get to Ormoc.”
“The team from Hernani in particular traveled five hours to get here and their coach was the vice mayor and he accompanied those kids who were victims of Typhoon Yolanda,” said Hontiveros.