FIL-Chinese schools Chiang Kai Shek College, Xavier School, and Hope Christian High School will have a mountain to climb if they’re to advance in the quarterfinal round of the 4th Philippine Secondary Schools Basketball Championship (PSSBC) Jumbo Linoleum Plastic Cup.
The three teams have been bracketed in tougher groups where only the top two in the four divisions - three teams each – will advance in the annual tournament dubbed as “Battle of Champions.”
“It’s a tough grind for FCAAF teams so they have to work very hard to advance to the next round,” said former PSSBC chairman and Lamoiyan Corporation owner Dr. Cecilio Pedro. “I’m not trying to belittle their chances, I’m just challenging them to play tough because of the tournament format.”
“There’s no time for watch and learn here, every game counts,” added Pedro.
CKSC is bracketed in Group B with NCAA’s Mapua and UAAPs Adamson, Hope Christian is with defending champion San Beda and University of Santo Tomas in Group D, while Xavier has Far Eastern University and NCAA runner-up Arellano University as opponents in Group C.
Manila Patriotic School, the fourth team from FCAAF, faces a Herculean task of hurdling La Salle-Zobel and Lyceum of the Philippines in Group A.
“Who knows, anything can happen in this tournament,” said Jumbo Plastic Linoleum owner and PSSBC chairman Jimmy dela Cruz. “Still, I’m confident FCAAF teams have what it takes to pull off surprises.”
The tournament, which starts on December 12 at the San Beda gym, is also sponsored by Blackwater Sports, Dickies Underwear, Ironcon Builders, MEC Networks, Hapee Toothpaste, Freego, and Rain or Shine.