Fund-raising movement for Castro gaining pace

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Fund-raising movement for Castro gaining pace

Dubai Community Basketball League (DCBL) governor Rante Bautista thanked the supporters of the Ramadan League which this season is aimed at raising funds for a Filipino expat who is suffering from blood cancer.

By Moni Mathew (

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Published: Thu 18 Jul 2013, 3:20 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 6:55 PM

Larry Castro is still in hospital, undergoing chemotherapy and doctors said costs are estimated to be around Dh500,000, according to DCBL officials.

Hotly contested matches were witnessed during the week at the DCBL championships at the Zayed Bin Sultan Gym, Satwa, Dubai.

The news of the efforts for Castro, which was published in the Khaleej Times last week, has already been posted on the social media accounts.

“This story will really be a big help to Larry Castro,” said DCBL officials. Castro has just finished his fourth cycle of chemotherapy and needs to undergo bone marrow transplant immediately.

“We don’t know how much his family has raised so far. Any kind of help would be of great assistance,” added the DCBL committee.

Various fund raising programmes have been chalked out including the possibility of select Philippine and Indian Basketball Society (IBS)-UAE League squads playing a one-off exhibition game on August 9.

“The proposed exhibition match between the DCBL and the Indian Basketball Society League selections is history of some kind as the two communities which put in a lot of effort into the sport here are coming together for the first time,” said a DCBL spokesperson on behalf of the organising committee of the Satwa-based tournament.

“Initially we have the runners-up of the 2012-13 IBS runners-up as the most likely outfit as the IBS champion side’s players are mostly out of station during the summer holidays at the moment.”

Meanwhile, Carrefour-Mall of the Emirates (MoE) made a come-from-behind win over Abe 65-62, and Virgin Megastore edged UAE Knights 69-64 as the DCBL-Ramadan Cup 2013 moved a notch higher in Satwa, Dubai.

In other games held at the Zayed Bin Sultan Gym, Johnson Arabia defeated Sangre Real 64-56; Level Up crushed Ballers 67-60; Team Attitude escaped PGT-Captains 63-60; and Kyton dominated Dubai Paladins 61-54.

Virgin Megastore coach Allan Napian said: “We won because we made a lot of hustle down the stretch and converted the turnovers of our opponents into baskets.”

Carrefour-MoE trailed Abe in the first two quarters but took the driver’s seat at the end of the third frame courtesy of Arnel Lauzon, who led a 20-11 run. Carrefour-MoE went up by three, 45-42 going into the final period and never looked back.

Lauzon finished with 13 points while his team mates Dante Alico and Alvin Sales contributed 11 points each. Patrick Navarro and Ferdinand Dunglao led the losing cause of Abe with 30 and 11 markers respectively.

Virgin Megastore relied on the solid performance of centre Rommel de Padua to get past UAE Knights, 69-64. De Padua had a double-double performance scoring 28 points and grabbing 10 rebounds and got much support from Woody Santos who finished with 18 points while guards Don Buenaflor and JR Go distributed the ball smoothly.

Virgin Megastore were up by four, 64-60, before de Padua scored a crucial basket to give his team a six-point lead but Celso Surabia and Andy del Rosario scored back-to-back baskets to put UAE Knights behind by two, 66-64, with 30 seconds left in the game. De Padua used his height advantage and handled the ball in the next possession. He was fouled and sent to the free throw line. He missed his first charity but made the second one to set the score 67-64.

Virgin Megastore made a defensive stop and de Padua again took the ball, was fouled and sent again to the penalty line where he made both free throws to secure the win.

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