ARMED WITH a new coach and a revamped roster, Saint Dominic Savio College hopes to end years of frustration by winning the Eighth Universities, Colleges and Schools Athletic Association (UCSAA) Seniors Basketball championship when the league opens its doors on August 31, 2018 at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City. The Unicorns are also this season’s host thus making a win more significant.
In the offseason, the school signed Ringo Jimenez to take over the program and the first thing he did was clean house and call for open tryouts. The said tryouts yielded three transferees who could provide leadership and instant impact in big men Mark Briones and Christian Diaz and wingman Richard Duenas.
The veteran trio already has extensive experience with other college varsities and this could be their best shot at glory. They will be joined by a mix of old and new players namely Jao Arellano, Christian Calugay, John Derick de Leon, Benjo Dionisio, John Lester Feudo, Leslie Ledama, Jay Nolasco, Mark Odrunia, Nard Pepe, Melle Porras, Joshua Rueco, JayR Serdena, Collin Sicat, Vin Bryant Sus and Jim Dexter Tenedero.
A year ago, Saint Dominic Savio qualified for the semifinals of the Seventh UCSAA but was eliminated by eventual runner-up Pasig Catholic College. The Unicorns also finished runner-up in both Men’s and Women’s Volleyball behind Colegio de San Gabriel Arcangel which went on a leave of absence after the tournament.
The Junior Unicorns did better than their Senior counterparts by grabbing the titles in Boys and Girls Volleyball both at the expense of the First City Providential College Royal Eagles. They also finished runner-up in Juniors Basketball behind First City.
The Unicorns last tasted UCSAA Basketball gold in the league’s inaugural season in academic year 2011-2012 featuring future PBA star Jammer Jamito and Coach Vis Valencia at the helm. Since then, it has been nothing but frustrations for the Caloocan City-based school but that should change very soon.