After the conclusion of the action-filled Ambassador Cup 2017, PIBAQ opened its 24th conference last September 22 in Al Gharafa Multi Purpose Hall.
The ceremony was graced by officials from both the Qatar Basketball Federation and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas Inc. H.E. Alan Timbayan, Philippine Ambassador to Qatar gave his message to the community citing the importance of unity through sports, while Mr. Al Saeed Al Malki, Secretary General of QBF reiterated their support and close relationship with the Filipino basketball community. The Deputy Executive Director of SBP, Mr. Bernardo Atienza awarded Certificates of Recognition to the seven referees of PIBAQ for their loyalty and service. A total of 45 teams were in attendance during the ceremony. Ms. Angesyl Manaog of Ashghal was chosen as the Best Muse of the Conference
Right after the ceremony, the featured game got on the way wherein Team Vismin won over Team Pangasinan in the Inter Province Division. Vismin went on a balanced attack to keep Pangasinan guessing though Pangasinan was able to equalize in the third quarter. Sensing danger, Vismin took advantage of Pangasinan’s lack of size and relied on their low post game and dribble penetration for a 73-67 win. Edwin Laher led Vismin with 14 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists.
Photo taken by: Raymund Cadlum