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USLS teams face tough foes
in SBP, Passerelle Visayas

Newly-crowned Negros Occidental Milo BEST Center’s Small Basketeers Philippines and Passerelle twin champion University of St. La Salle teams will go up against the No. 1 teams from Cebu, Iloilo and Roxas City in the Visayas regional finals on October 12 to 13 in Iloilo.

Pampanga will host the national finals on November 23 to 24.

Ateneo de Iloilo also bagged both the SBP and Passerelle title in the Iloilo qualifier, while University of San Carlos topped the SBP category and University of Visayas the Passerelle in Cebu.

Earlier, USLS-IS Team A dominated SJI Team B, 55-53, in the SBP Bacolod final, while its Passerelle team beat the Sam Josef Belangel-led Bacolod Tay Tung High School, 84-40, to advance into the Visayas regional finals.

La Salle-IS Grade Six student Kyle Joshua Ramos received the Most Valuable Player award in the SBP, while Jan Gabriel Sobrevega was named MVP for Passerelle.

En route to the championship, the USLS-IS Team A SBP squad mentored by coach Arland Pasco Blanco, beat St. John’s Institute Team B, 76-44, in the semifinals while the Passerelle team of coach Pewee Demonteverde turned back SJI, 78-66.

A regional title for the USLS-IS SBP and Passerelle teams against their rivals from Roxas, Cebu, and host Iloilo in the regional finals, will earn them a ticket to the national finals against the No. 1 squads from Luzon and Mindanao.

Defending champion in both the SBP and Passerelle is La Salle Green Hills, whose boys beat USC and UV in the national championship held in Roxas City.

This year, the Milo BEST SBP and Passerelle tournament drew participation from almost 600 schools all over the country for both divisions.

The tournament features unique rules wherein a team must field a new set of five players in the first three periods. In the fourth quarter, the coach may field any combination of players, guaranteeing each player a minimum of 10 minutes of court time.

SBP is for players aged nine to 11 years old while the Passerelle is for 12 to 14 year olds.*NAB

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