Coach Goldwin Monteverde, newly appointed coach of Batangas City-Tanduay Athletics, revealed that the team is working hard to up their game now that the stakes in the fastest-growing league in the Philippines are getting high.
This is after the latest announcement of Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) commissioner Kenneth Duremdes that the Batangas City-Tanduay Athletics will play against Datu Cup South Division Champions Davao Occidental Tigers on September 27 and then against the Gerald Andersen-led Imus Bandera on September 28.
The games in Dubai are part of the regular Lakandula Cup schedule, which will be held either at the 17,000-capacity Coca-Cola Arena or the 10,000-seat Trade Centre Arena.
Batangas City-Tanduay Athletics’ current lineup includes Jeff Viernes, Lester Alvarez, Val Acuña, Jason Melano, Dennice Villamor, Jaymo Eguilos, Prince Rivero, Genmar Bragais, Moncrief Rogado, Mark Olayon, Arvin Tolentino, Adrian Santos, Jayson Grimaldo, Ralph Olivares, Earvin Mendoza, Dexter Mescallado, Nikki Perez, and actor/athlete Derek Ramsay.
“As a team, our goal is to do our best to win one game at a time and eventually reach the championship. The upcoming games in Dubai is definitely one of the games we are looking forward to,” said Monteverde, a long-time coach in the youth level who has steered the Nazareth School of National University in the UAAP to a championship.
Considered as one of the league’s strongest teams, Batangas City-Tanduay Athletics was the Rajah Cup inaugural season champion. Organizers also noted that the team has a strong fan base and celebrity player Derek Ramsey in its roster.
Monteverde, whose accomplishments include having won championships in the
National Basketball Training Center, Palarong Pambansa, Metro Manila Basketball League, and Tiong Liam Basketball League, is faced with a greater challenge as he brings his expertise into the big league. This is his first time to coach players in the seniors division, as he was mostly a high school coach prior to joining the Batangas City-Tanduay Athletics.
“We focus on building a tight team. Keep everyone focused on the goal,” he said.
For their inaugural game in the Lakan Season of the MPBL, Batangas City-Tanduay Athletics beat the Muntinlupa Cagers, 79-70. Viernes led the scoring with 25 points, 18 of which he delivered in the crucial 2nd half of the game. He also had 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals.
Apart from Viernes, Melano, Acuña, and Bragais also stepped up their game.