ATENEO de Iloilo Under-18 Boys Basketball team outlasted heavily favored Hercor College of Roxas City, 78-77, in double overtime in their championship match held at the Passi City gymnasium last July 24.
Franz Ray Diaz led the Blue Dragons to victory by scoring a game high 33 points to give Ateneo its first championship in an under-18 invitational tournament.
An overwhelming start by Hercor saw Ateneo trail 0-10 and 2-17 early in the first quarter. After an early timeout by Head coach Jophil Cercado, Ateneo recovered to cut the lead to ten (9-19) at the end of the quarter.
In the second quarter the Blue Dragons continued their onslaught thru balance scoring and tight defense to tie the game at 43 by halftime. The third period saw both teams traded baskets as the quarter ended with Hercor leading by a solitary point. The Hercor Jaguars felt it was time to turn the tide in their favour as they doubled their effort on defense at the start of the fourth quarter to erect a comfortable lead.
WITH THE Jesuit fathers as hosts, about 50 priests and nuns, including Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, shared bread together in Ateneo de Iloilo-SMCS in celebration of the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, July 31.
The dinner, also attended by ADI-SMCS administrators and Santa Maria Parish faithfuls, started 7 p.m. and was set near the backdrop of the newly unveiled St. Ignatius statue in the school lawn.
After the feast, the priests and nuns were escorted to the school’s Oratory of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Sacristy where they were able to see the Chinese-inspired prayer hall that the school use for daily afternoon masses for its students.
HUNDREDS OF members of the Atenean community have witnessed the historic unveiling of the giant St. Ignatius statue in the façade of Ateneo de Iloilo-SMCS in San Rafael, Mandurriao district, last July 25.
“This is, unless proven otherwise, the biggest St. Ignatius statue in the world,” said by internationally acclaimed sculptor Ed Defensor during the inaugural rites. “This is also one of the few images that shows the younger and more historically accurate version of the founder of the Society of Jesus when he offered his sword to the Lady in Montserrat in 1522 in his early 30s after his spiritual conversion.”