CEBU CITY - The Cebu leg of the newly formed Community Basketball Association will be focusing on developing and discovering young talent as the organizers and the prospective coaches agreed on letting players aged 21-and-under compete in this tournament.
As opposed to other legs of this tournament, which will not be imposing any age limits on its participants, the Cebu leg will instead strive to give up-and-coming players a platform to show off their talent.
“We want to build a platform that is a cut above the rest in terms of quality of broadcast,” said CBA Director and founder Carlo Maceda, who mentioned the games will be shown on IBC 13.
The idea was broached by coaches who attended the organizational meeting on Tuesday night, most of whom are coaching in the Governor’s Cup 21-and-Under Inter-City/Municipality Basketball Tournament.
With teams already in place, the race is now on as to who will get to join the tournament first with just 12 teams for the Visayas leg being accepted.
“Mapapanood na kayo ngayon ng live sa channel 13. Gusto naming ibalik ang Cebu basketball para sumikat na naman through CBA through TV,” said Northport Batang Pier head coach and current CBA Commissioner Pido Jarencio.
A whopping P2 million will be awarded to the national champion, half of which will be pledged to the barangay or public school that the champion team has chosen to partner with.
The Manila leg will kick off on December 22 while the Cebu leg is tentatively slated to tip off on January 12. Taking charge of the Visayas leg will be PYD Director and CBA Visayas Governor Beaujing Acot. The tournament directors will be Marvin Caro and Rommel Rasmo.