CHIANG Kai Shek College demolished the San Beda Red Cubs, 101-76, to capture the Division 1 championship of the 32nd Metro Manila Basketball League at the SBC gym in Mendiola.
The Blue Dragons led from the start and were never seriously threatened, looking impervious five weeks before they begin defense of their Seaoil NBTC-SBP National High School crown.
The National High School Championship, sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), kicks off on March 5-8 at the Meralco gym and Ynares Sports Arena with 18 schools in the fold - 14 from the provinces and four from the National Capital Region (MMBL).
The National Basketball Training Center (NBTC), is the duly-recognized grassroots program of the SBP and aims to identify, prepare and develop young male student-athletes.
Its objectives include creating learning environment opportunities for players to demonstrate and enhance both their individual and team skills; serving as a pathway for the players and coaches to move to a higher level competition; developing skills, building character and raising leaders; and promoting the values of leadership, commitment to excellence, right attitude and discipline among the young students through the sports.
In other MMBL championship games, San Beda Mendiola-B downed National University-A, 85-76, to rule Division II; Colegio San Benildo Rizal edged Manila Patriotic School, 85-81, to clinch Division III; La.Salle College Antipolo crushed National U-B, 77-63, to reign in Division IV; and Chiang Kai ShekCollege plastered La Salle College Antipolo, 66-50, in the MMBL Girls Championship.
The CKSC Blue Dragons, SBC Mendiola-A, SBC Mendiola-B and National U-A all advanced to the Seaoil NBTC National High School Championship.
“In the absence of the Tiong Lian Basketball Association, this is our main league,” said CKSC coach Goldwyn Monteverde. “To be able to win over a great champion like San Beda is an achievement for our small school.”