London's Kampi bags basketball title in inter-Filipino community tilt

By Zita Baron, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau

Posted at May 12 2011 10:43 PM | Updated as of May 13 2011 06:43 AM

MILAN, Italy -- It was worth the trip to Milan for the London Kampi team, as it bagged the trophy and the EUR 1,000 cash prize in the recently concluded one-day basketball and volleyball tournament here.

Guest KAMPI/SAFE, otherwise known as Kapisanan ng Manlalarong Pilipino sa Inglatera/ Sports Association of Filipinos in England, defeated Milan's JSL team in the championship clash.

The powerful and confident KAMPI team dropped JSL by quickly scoring 30 points in the first half en route to a 71-41 win.

Milano Green Lizards team took home the 3rd prize.

Orvie Vidad was chosen as the tournament Most Valuable Player (MVP).

Best Coach awardee Mark Ordoña spoke well of his team’s performance.

“I’m proud of my boys, I’m proud of my boys, they played most as a team and they deserved to be here, they made my job easy, these boys, these capable boys they gave them all and I am proud of each one of them” he said.

KAMPI’s Acting Chairman Oscar Santiago expressed pride for association.

“Ngayon, natupad na ang isa sa mga pangarap ng organization namin. Sa loob ng 20-taon, ipinagdiwang namin ang aming anibersaryo sa labas ng London upang makakilala ng mahigit pang maraming Pilipino. Kaya sa mga taga Italya, maraming-maraming sa inyo!”

For other teams, however, joining the league means exposure. They also get to know other sports communities.

“Para lang ma-explore yun pangalan ng Filcom Parma and then ma explore natin yun mga bata sa event ng mga sports and para ma explore din ang iba pang mga proyekto na posibleng maibigay sa mga bata at sa mga kababayan natin sa Parma,” Sander Panaligan, adviser of Filipino Community of Parma, Italy, said.

Meanwhile, Milan’s B-Drine bagged top place in women’s volleyball. It won against Torino’s Black team, 3-0.

The third prize went to Milano-FASA team.

The one-day basketball-volleyball league was participated by teams from London, Parma, Bologna, Torino, and Milano.