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ASWE basketball league returns!

The Association of Sambat Winnipeg Eh’ (ASWE), formerly called GUSI of Winnipeg, brought back their basketball action to the Red River College South Gym on January 20, 2024.

The mighty committee, which includes Ace Abrenica, Teody Castillo, Poncing Santoyo, Commissioner Edwin Catipon, Chairman Doming Ilagan, and Consultant Florante Contreras, are leading the charge. They are an excellent squad committed to forming this most awaited league.

After a seven-year break, ASWE put much effort into making this a spectacular event to be remembered.

Huskies representing Banda 14 (Contreras Clan), Centro from Central Sambat, San Pascual, Batangas, Philippines, Lightning Link associated with the Agbay Clan, and Wellington Drive comprising players from the Ilagan Clan. The skills and determination on the court that these four teams showed off will be remembered for a long time.

To start the event and set the court for an amazing matchup, these teams and their beautiful muses marched in a parade. A motivational speech was given by Hon. Adrien Sala, MLA for St. James and Minister of Finance. He emphasized the importance of this league to the community, especially to the youth in the sense of competitiveness, camaraderie, and sportsmanship.

The first two teams to play were Wellington Drive and Lightning Link, heightening the excitement. This initial matchup set the tone for the entire competition, providing an exciting demonstration of skill and determination instantly. They were followed by a match between Team Huskies and Team Centro, in which fans enjoyed the incredible crossovers, thunderous dribbles, and exciting plays. It was indeed an amazing show, and cheers echoed in the arena. It was a basketball fan’s delight. – Edwin Catipon