MANILA — In a scorching Sunday morning, the bleachers of Meralco gym were packed. Delegates from participating schools closely watched an upset that was about to unfold.
There was, along with two other teenagers in silky, royal blue uniforms, a lanky kid who stood out. Not because he looked like a foreigner, but because he played basketball like a a grown up.
The back of his jersey read “Longa.” He was partly responsible for Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu’s stellar run in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (Cesafi). This time, he’s about to pull off the same for the Magi Eagles for the NBTC Finals.
The name? Jose Piero Dominic. And he might just be the future of the University of the Philippines’ men’s basketball team.
The young guard had tried out for the Fighting Maroons months ago. He noted that his family is still thinking through suiting up for the State U, but was quick to add that “It has been the only option, so far.”
“Before, I’ve been looking at other schools, but so far, UP’s looking good,” he added.
The Magi Eagles’ wingman finished only seven points in that championship-clinching game against San Beda. But he had been a reliable producer from the perimeter throughout the tournament.