SeaOil NBTC Hoops blasts off Dec. 13 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 05 December 2014 13:52

Twelve teams are participating in the 2014 Sea Oil National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) basketball tournament next Saturday, December 13, 2014 at the Mayor Vitaliano Agan Memorial Coliseum in Tetuan.

NBTC Franchise holder and SBP Area Head Pedro Alfaro Jr. said the tournament, recently adopted by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas recently as its grassroots developments program for basketball will serve as the city qualifier to the nationals set early next year in Metro Manila.

“This program successfully run by coach Eric Altamirano nationwide has just been adopted by the basketball sports body as its scale model for developing new and fresh talents from the provinces who hopefully will be the ones to banner our future national basketball teams to international competition”, Alfaro added.

The 12 school based teams participating is being led by defending champion Southern City Colleges in Group A while last year’s runner up Ferndale International School will spearhead Group B.

Along with the Bulldogs of SCC, also in Group A are Zamboanga City High School Main, Zamboanga Chong Hua School, Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial High School, Zion Evangelical School and Saint Joseph School while keeping Ferndale company in Group B are Claret School of Zamboanga, J-Jireh School, Western Mindanao State University, Pilar College and Bethany Child Development Center.

Sea Oil NBTC Local tourney chairman Joel Quintanes also said the six squads will play a single round robin with the top two qualifiers in each group advancing to the cross over finals.

Quintanes also said the quality of play in the NBTC has gone up considerably that last year’s qualifiers SCC reached the quarterfinals of the National championship.

“This year we hope to do better and move a team into the next round of play and who knows, we might even win’ Quintanes added.

All 12 teams will plunge into action next Saturday right after the short opening rites, Quintanes added. — ELDB