Fil-Am coach leads college basketball team to historic win
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 20, 2016 12:11 PM
(Photo courtesy of BethsedaFlames.com)
Anaheim's Bethseda University Flames made history Saturday, after being the only member of the National Christian College Athletic Association to defeat a Division One school after beating the Cal State Northridge Matadors, 100-95.
Freshman guard Alex Smith poured in a game-high 31 markers, including seven triples, while freshman forward Jarrell Tate had an all-around outing with 28 points, seven boards and six assists to help the Flames to the win.
Coached by Fil-American Leo Balayon, the Flames capitalized on 13-made three pointers and 23 points off turnovers to control the game from start to finish.
A product of Ateneo de Davao, Balayon played collegiate and semi-professional basketball in the Philippines, before becoming an assistant coach for University of The Philippines in 2002 and then eventually overseas.
Balayon has served the last four years as a coach in Bethseda University, the last two years as the head coach of the men's basketball team.
In July of 2016, Balayon was named as the university's Athletic Director.
With a report from Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN
H/T: BethsedaFlames.com, ESPN.com