75th Araw ng Dabaw Basketball Tournament

Coach Jerry Codiñera is now in Davao City with his UE five to represent the Royal Mandaya Hotel in the 75th Araw ng Dabaw basketball tournament which opened Tuesday at the Almendras gym.

“My UE line-up is a mixture of my team A and B because I had to leave some of my players who had problems with their academics,” said Codiñera, whose father Filomeno is also a legendary national softball and baseball coach.

The 6-foot-6 Codiñera became the youngest member, at 17, of the RP men’s basketball team under coach Ron Jacobs before turning pro in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

Meanwhile, Codinera had earlier wanted to get Renzar Henry Asilum of Davao City to play for his University of the East Red Warriors basketball team.

In fact, Codiñera already had a verbal agreement with Asilum’s father Henry.

But the Asilums had changed their mind and instead the peppery point guard who played for the Philippines Under 17 basketball team in the 2011 SEABA Under 16 opted to suit up for the University of the Philippines Maroons.

“Ganun talaga eh, minsan meron ganun sa basketball. Nagka shake hands na kayo pero mag-iiba pa rin ng isip (It’s normal in basketball. You have already shook hands but sometime mind changes),” Codiñera told a sports forum at the Royal Mandaya Hotel here.

Henry Asilum is coaching the RMH Davao Youth Selection composed mostly of players from the Ateneo de Davao High School which is playing an exhibition game with the visiting PH Under 14 national team under coach Mark Herrera.

The RMH Red Warriors will also be reinforced by former PBA cagers Chris Calaguio and Dondon Camaso and 6-foo-8 import Charles Mamie.

PBA veteran and Davao-born John Ferriols of B-Meg might also play for RMH, according to team owner Glenn Escandor.

“Wala naman problema sa amin sa pag adjust sa system sa team (We don’t have problems in adjusting the system with the team). We can provide the veteran’s role and guide the young ones,” said Calaguio, who only retired last 2010.

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