THE Smart Breakdown Basketball Invitationals will hold its first-ever national championships from March 13 to 18 in different venues.
Regional teams representing the National Capital Region, Bulacan, Bukidnon, Cagayan De oro, Cavite, Davao, and Iloilo will see action in the Under-12 and Under-17 championships of the five-day event.
Xavier School will see action in the Under-12 tournament against Assumption College of Davao, Bukidnon Faith Christian Inc.-Cagayan De Oro, St. Thomas Moore Academy Cavite, and San Miguel Elementary School.
Joining Xavier School in the Under-17 division are Centerphil Montessori-Iloilo, Immaculate Conception Academy-Cavite, Philippine Academy of Sakya-Davao, Southern Philippines College-Cagayan De Oro, and Montessori De San Ildefonso-Bulacan.
Cebu teams have declined to join the tournament as the event coincided with graduation ceremonies.
Organizers of the tournament felt that this year is the right time to go national after having been in the scene since 2015.
“We thought the timing was right where we peaked here in NCR. We can still expand. We have a good selection of schools participating,” said Jay Adevoso, one of the officials of Breakdown Basketball along with Gil Salandanan and Edwin Corral, during a press conference.
Adevoso was also joined in the press conference by several coaches and team officials including John Sy of Xavier, Azlie Guro, Andrew Gasataya Villarete, and Christian Dior Canlapan.
Among the players to watch are former Batang Gilas cagers Miguel Tan and Ryan Samuel Yu of Xavier, NCAA player Daniel Zuniga of ICA, and Central Luzon Palarong Pambansa team member Aldrich Lagos.