TRAVELLING ALL the way from Dasmarinas City will not be an issue for Emilio Aguinaldo College-Cavite as they prepare to contend for the championship of the newly-minted National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) Basketball championship. For one, the Vanguard are used to going on long drives to play Metro Manila-based squads in many tournaments in the past.
The Vanguard’s attack will be spearheaded by guards JJ Dultra and Jason Ebdani, center EJ Yumul and forwards Jek Aguinaldo and Faustine Agillon. Providing the shock off the bench are Adrian Batestil, Gio Marco Borja, Rey Justan, Frederick Padrones, Rolando John Rafael, Ralph Lawrence Torres, Jay Urbina, Nino de los Santos, Nemnem Dizon and James Gabriana.
Handling the team is veteran coach Azlie Guro, who first made a name via his stint with EAC’s high school team from nearby Immaculate Conception Academy. Coaching in the collegiate level is a totally different challenge.
The Vanguard took over from the Generals of their Manila campus after the latter left the National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) to join another league. During their NCRAA days, the Generals managed to snare the 2005 championship under the guidance of Coach Nomar Isla.
EAC-Cavite did not compete in the last NCRAA season but reactivated its program in time for the NCRUCLAA, a product of the union with the Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (UCLAA). The Vanguard is only one of a few schools that will field complete entries in all divisions of Basketball and Volleyball.
For sure, the school is eyeing the new league’s overall championship. Catch the Vanguard’s journey on Basketball TV and Solar Sports and on social media via Instagram, Facebook and Twitter using the handle @ncruclaa.