CHIANG Kai Shek College hopes to accomplish what the first three champion teams failed to achieve in the Philippine Secondary Schools Basketball Championship (PSSBC).
With an almost intact line-up, the Blue Dragons are hoping to become the first back-to-back champion of the tournament for the country's elite high school teams dubbed as MEC Network Cup Battle of Champions.
Terry Que of Poly Gloss Automotive Polyurethane System is convinced the Blue Dragons have what it takes to retain the title it won over De La Salle-Zobel last year.
“Their main guys are still there so I believe they have a very good chance of winning the championship again,” said Que. “They have the experience and firepower.”
The amiable Que was referring to the deadly quartet of Jonas Tibayan, John Galinato, Miguel Oczon and Sam Banez.
For their impressive showing the last time, Tibayan earned a slot in the Batang Gilas squad while Galinato was named to the Batang Gilas 3x3 team.
After emerging as Finals MVP last year, Oczon is reportedly being courted by several top UAAP schools.
Banez’s collegiate career is likewise secure as he has improved tremendously since being named one the PSSBC outstanding players last year.
Aside from Que’s Poly Gloss Automotive Polyurethane System, also sponsoring event are MEC Network (Leoncio Chua) Freego (Eduard Tio), Blackwater (Dioceldo Sy), Dickies Underwear (Rudy Yu), Ironcon Builders (Jimi Lim), Hapee Toothpaste (Cecilio Pedro) and Ché Lu Bar & Grill (Jimmy dela Cruz).
Also backing the event won previously by Hope Christian High School, San Sebastian and San Beda are Choi Garden, Hanabishi, World Balance, Davies Paints, Philippine Airlines.