Pinoy Youth Dreamers vying for honors in international cagefest in Malaysia
The Pinoy Youth Dreamers look to improve on last year's runner-up finish.

THE Pinoy Youth Dreamers are vying for honors in the 4th International High School basketball championships in Kedah, Malaysia.

Angelo Aniñon (Pasig Catholic College), Sandre Banluta (Siena-Taytay), Jose Andres De Guia (Pateros Catholic School), Justin Mark Ollesca  (Pasig Catholic), Ernest Cesar Oliveros (Siena-Taytay) and Jan Daniel Geronimo (Pasig Catholic  College) are suiting up for the PYD squad in the tournament on Saturday.

The PYD team headed by Beaujing Acot also has Elchard Santos (La  Immaculada Concepcion), Angelo Masagca (San Sebastian College Recoletos), Charles Palaspas (Pasig Catholic), and Carlos Miguel Jacob (Pasig Catholic College) in the tournament featuring teams from Australia, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia, India, Brunei and host Malaysia.

Also part of the team are Dwayne Brent Fabroa (St. Margaret), Allen Valeriano (St. Lawrence Foundation), Alexander Perez  (La Consolation College), Gerben Baguhin (San Beda College Rizal),  Rufino Sablaon lll (Jesus the Loving Sheperd  Christian College), Kurt  Teaño  (St. Raphael Mary School), Gabriel Douglas Yim (De La Salle Antipolo), Aries Jay Paunil  (La Salle Antipolo), Paul  Raganit  (San Sebastian), and Kenneth  Gonzaga  (La Consolation).

It is the third time that a Philippine representative is competing in the tournament.

“We lost to host  Malaysia in the  finals last year. But I hope we can do better this year. The boys have prepared long and hard for this tournament,” said Acot.

“I believe the team is ready to battle and bring the championship. We have been practicing for almost four months now,” said team manager Pax Pelipell.

Also with the team are deputy coach Vengie  Gabales, and assistant coaches Lemerell  Julia, and Glenda Villaflor.

The PYD team is backed  by Sonny Barrios and Mr. Bernie Atienza of  Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, Susan See of Regent,  Christian Cheng of Aqua Safe, Bread  Story, Waiyip Chong of  Star Bread, James Barraza of JAMAN,  Pax Pelipel of  PP Bus Line, Rain or Shine, Roger Chan of Xpress Printing, Chairman Joselito De la  Merced and  Josie Macapagal of Barangay San Antonio, Pasig City and Kelly Williams, with the support of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office headed by chairman Jose Jorge Corpuz and general manager Alexander Balutan.

Follow the writer on Twitter: @spinph