Bisdak Fighters clinch third Filipino basketball league title

05/03/2021 12:03 PM
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The Bisdak Fighters get acrobatic with some major hang-time moves against the Wuku Hollywood Sports Bar at the championship game of the CIASI Taipei Winter Basketball League on Sunday. CNA photo May 3, 2021
The Bisdak Fighters get acrobatic with some major hang-time moves against the Wuku Hollywood Sports Bar at the championship game of the CIASI Taipei Winter Basketball League on Sunday. CNA photo May 3, 2021

Taipei, May 3 (CNA) The Bisdak Fighters basketball team clinched their third championship title Sunday after a nail-biting final game of the winter basketball league for Filipino migrant workers held in Taipei by a Philippine organization that helps compatriots in different countries.

The dominant team in recent years, the Fighters also won the championship at the 2019 CIASI Taiwan Summer Basketball League in August that year, and the 2018 Phil. New Taipei Basketball League in April 2019.

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The Bisdak Fighters, named after an expression that refers to a native of the Cebuano-speaking areas of the Visayas and Mindanao in the Philippines, defeated the Wuku Hollywood Sports Bar team 114-101 in a game that was tied in the fourth quarter.

Both teams moved the ball with lightening fast plays that saw the scores hike as players landed buckets from inside and beyond the arc. Hollywood led at halftime 80-76, but the Fighters bounced back to an 86-point tie with just under seven minutes left in the game.

Stepping up their speed with fast breaks and accurate shooting, the Fighters found their mark and edged ahead to win the game and claim the title.

Bisdak Fighters power forward Eian Daryll Lapuz (left), Season MVP, takes a delivery to the basket. CNA photo May 3, 2021
Bisdak Fighters power forward Eian Daryll Lapuz (left), Season MVP, takes a delivery to the basket. CNA photo May 3, 2021

Fighters power forward Louie Mark Anthony Bayeta led all scores with 23 points and was named MVP.

Bayeta, who hails from the province of Agusan del Norte in the Philippines and now works in Taichung, said the Fighters beat Hollywood because they made use of their speed and defended well.

"Our opponents are bigger than us, so the key to win was speed and putting trust into each teammate," Bayeta told CNA.

Bisdak Fighters point guard John Bayeta slaps the backboard during a layup. His clutch shooting came up big to help the Fighters secure the win. CNA photo May 3, 2021
Bisdak Fighters point guard John Bayeta slaps the backboard during a layup. His clutch shooting came up big to help the Fighters secure the win. CNA photo May 3, 2021
Fans cheer for the Bisdak Fighters as they take the lead in the fourth quarter. CNA photo May 3, 2021
Fans cheer for the Bisdak Fighters as they take the lead in the fourth quarter. CNA photo May 3, 2021

The CIASI Taipei Winter Basketball League 2020, which featured 16 men's teams that played on Sundays from Nov. 15, 2020 to May 2 on the outdoor basketball courts behind Taipei's Minglun High School, was organized by the Taiwan chapter of the Confederation of Ilocano Association, Inc., Samahang Ilocano (CIASI).

Rheden Delumen, national chairman of CIASI's Taiwan chapter, which has 14 sub-chapters with over 1,200 members in the country, said the basketball teams are made up of members of Taiwan's Filipino migrant worker community and seek to promote unity, sportsmanship and respect.

The Bisdak Fighters help up an injured teammate. CNA photo May 3, 2021
The Bisdak Fighters help up an injured teammate. CNA photo May 3, 2021

Meanwhile, Arnold Kanoy, leader of the CIASI in Taiwan Disciplinary Action Committee and commissioner of the basketball tournament, said in addition to helping Filipino migrant workers fight homesickness, the event also raised funds which were donated to people in need in the Philippines.

"Working abroad and being away from our families will make you feel homesick, that's why I'm encouraging to participate in this kind of event but not only in basketball but also in other sports. It will not only entertain you, remove stress and homesickness, but you are also playing for a cause," Kanoy said.

CIASI Taiwan raised over NT$28,000 (US$1,000) to buy relief goods for people affected by Typhoon Vamco, known in the Philippines as Ulysses, in November last year, as torrential rain pounded Cagayan and Isabela provinces.

(By William Yen)

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The champions Bisdak Fighters take photos with their supporters. CNA photo May 3, 2021
The champions Bisdak Fighters take photos with their supporters. CNA photo May 3, 2021
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