(SGS Stadium, Quezon City)
9 a.m. – LSGH vs SSC-R
10:45 a.m. – Letran vs CKSC
12:30 p.m. – San Beda vs MPS
2:15 p.m. – Mapua vs UV
The 6th Philippine Secondary Schools Basketball Championships (PSSBC) Dickies Underwear Cup opens Saturday at the SGS Stadium in Quezon City with La Salle Greenhills out to validate its status as the emerging power in the NCAA.
The Greenies made heads turn recently when they foiled the Mapua Red Robins’ back-to-back bid and claimed their first title in the country’s oldest collegiate league – reason why coaches have installed them as one of the teams to beat in the league’s own version of Battle of Champions.
As such, LSGH is looking to start its campaign with a bang when it battles San Sebastian College in the curtain-raiser at 9 a.m.
Out to lead the Greenies are Finals MVP Joel Cagulangan, Joshua David and Inand Fornilos – the same players who helped power the Greenies beat the Red Robins in their knockout match.
“We will witness exciting matches right in the first day of since this is a very short tournament,” said Board chairman Rudy Yu of Dickies Underwear. “That’s why we are confident we can help the basketball association [discover] new talents for future international tournaments.”
Aside from Yu, also sponsoring the event are Hapee Toothpaste owner Dr. Cecilio Pedro, Blackwater’s Dioceldo Sy, Freego Jeans’ Eduard Tio, Terry Que of Poly Gloss and Rain or Shine, Che Lu Bar & Grill’s Jimmy Dela Cruz and MEC Computers’ Leoncio Chua.
Also backing the event are Choi Garden, Davies Paints, Cherrylume Roofing, Sumo GI Sheets, Molten & Masumax Food Supplement.
Chiang Kai Shek College, the 2015 titleholder, and Group B member Letran clash at 10:45 a.m. before powerhouse San Beda, the 2014 champion, tangles with Manila Patriotic School in Group A showdown set at 12:30
The Red Robins, on the other hand, take the honors of playing against CESAFI champion University of Visayas at 2:15 p.m. in their Group C encounter.
UAAP champion Far Eastern University-Diliman is pooled in Group A.
A top prize of P50,000 in cash and a trophy await the eventual champion of the six-day tournament, considered by many as the most prestigious among the country’s top secondary high school programs.