Fil-Am coach leads college basketball team to historic win

ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 20, 2016 12:11 PM
Fil-Am coach leads college basketball team to historic win
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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 


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