Host team M-Builders Qatar Falcons was just too much to beat for FAEC Dammam with a dominating 16-point edge, 102-86, to take the coveted crown in the 2016 PIDC-GCC All-Filipino Championship Cup over the weekend.
The all-star selection of Qatar PIBAQ Falcon led throughout the game with double-digit edge and the closest difference that visiting Filipino squad from Dammam, Saudi Arabia was sev- en points in the heat of the games in the second half.
Tournament’s Most Valubale Player Ronnie Cajayon was unstoppable with his “Stephen Curry” like nine of 13 conversions in the rainbow territory carrying his team to well deserved victory with highest 34 points.
Abu Dhabi’s Jazzvile JK Sports won over NDC PGW Ajman Dubai to claim the third spot in the two-day tournament. “It was an exciting four nation matches among top Filipino ball clubs in the Gulf region and we look forward for a similar successful feat in the future,” said Pat Carido, SBP Qatar Offi- cial and President of host Pinoy Basketball of Qatar and tournament over-all director.
The tournament served as a major highlight of the 118th Independence Day celebration of the large Filipino community in Qatar.
Aside from Cajayon who received a one round-trip ticket, former Philippine Basketball Association, Alaska Aces standout Nino Gelig who was picked as Finals MVP was awarded similar one round trip ticket from Philippine Airlines.
Cajayon was also picked as part of the Mythical Five Awardees with other star players from other teams including Elmer Fabula of FAEC Dammam in the guard position, Christopher Guerrero of JK Sports-JBL Abu Dhabi and Mathew Carney of FAEC Dammam in the forward position and Falcon’s Rodel Mallari as center.
To the delight of the huge Filipino crowd who jampacked the sports event, organisers have given away three Ooredoo Mini iPads apart from two round trip tickets to Efren Buenafe and MorinoJabon.
The 2016 PIDC GCC All-Filipino Championship Cup was brought by Qatar Basketball Federation in Cooperation with the Philippine Embassy in Qatar and United Filipino Organisations in Qatar (UFOQ).
Oooredoo serves as its Official Mobile Carrier, Fraser Suites Doha as Official Hotel, Philippine Airlines as Official Airlines, M-Builders as Official Falcons Banner, Alicafe as Official Café, Travellex Currency Exchange as Official Exchange Company, GO Sports as Official Sports Apparel and PGW Tailoring, Brillo Salad Master, Nayong Filipino and Boracay Filipino Restaurants as Official Suppliers.
Doha Shutterbugs served as the tournament’s Official Photographer.