The Negros Basketball Association returns to the hardcourt tomorrow with nine teams vying for the 2018 President’s Cup title at the Bacolod Tay Tung High School Po Hang Gym.
As a tribute to the basketball-loving Negrenses, NBA President Oscar “Dodong” Bascon said entrance will be free for tomorrow’s games that will start after the 3 p.m. opening program.
“This is another milestone in local basketball in Bacolod as we are re-opening the NBA games after years of being away from the hardcourt,” Bascon said.
“We are glad to get the participation of four private companies and five collegiate teams for the President’s Cup, which is the first conference of the league
The nine teams are led by reigning Negros Occidental Private School Sports, Cultural and Educational Association (NOPSSCEA) men’s basketball champions Colegio de Sta. Ana de Victorias/Silver Dragon and runner-up University of Negros Occidental Recoletos/Red House Taiwan ShabuShabu.
Also eyeing the title are the STI-West Negros University-bannered ESJ FyreFyter, University of St. La Salle-Freeze Sportswear, La Consolacion College Bacolod-Davies Paint-J Squared Construction, Melfern and the Supreme ABF-Silver Graces Construction, Dawn Rent-a-Car and Duke Jay Game Farm.
Guest speaker for tomorrow’s opening rites is Iloilo Basketball Association president and Samaha ng Basketbol ng Pilipinas regional head Robert Uy.
Competition format is a single-round-robin elimination round with the top two teams earning a twice-to-beat advantage in the semi-finals. Teams ranked 3 and 6 will play in the knockout quarterfinals while number 4 faces number 5.
The winner of 3-6 will challenge the top team while the 4-5 survivor goes up against the number 2 squad.*NAB
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