Ginebra players to attend ‘Never Say Die’ basketball court launch in Valenzuela – Martinez

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By Billy Begas

House Deputy Speaker Eric Martinez on Friday disclosed that Barangay Ginebra star players will grace the much-awaited blessing and inauguration ceremony of the “Never Say Die” basketball court in Valenzuela City on Sunday, March 20.

Martinez said the ‘Fast and The Furious’ tandem of Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand, as well as the nations’ top gunner during his prime, Allan “The Triggerman” Caidic are expected to join the event in Barangay Paso de Blas.

Aside from numerous Ginebra-themed memorabilia, the court features a mural of Caguioa and Helterbrand.

Martinez recalled how Ginebra has become popular to Filipino basketball-enthusiasts.

“For me, it’s really the Big J (Robert Jaworski) who made Ginebra the most admired professional basketball team in our country, as he was the one who instilled to the heart and mind of his co-players the never say die spirit. And up to now, the team carries it,” Martinez stressed.

Martinez said he is continuously collecting historic photographs from Ginebra’s treasure trove of memorable moments, which will also adorn the walls of the multi-purpose gym.

With the easing of the health restrictions in Metro Manila, Martinez said the timing for the opening of the Ginebra NSD-inspired playing court is quite right since indoor sports activities like basketball are allowed.

The facility would be the seventh of Martinez’s indoor basketball court project, which honors legendary figures in basketball history both in the Philippines and abroad.

Martinez is hoping that Valenzuela would become the “Philippines’ basketball capital.”