TWO-time PBA MVP James Yap will be the special guest when the Philippine Secondary Schools Basketball Championship 'Rain or Shine Cup' officially launches its 7th edition on Sunday at the SGS gym in Quezon City.
The ROS forward is expected to provide inspiration to the country’s young dribblers who will compete in the annual “Battle of Champions” with reigning NCAA titlist Mapua, defending champion San Beda University and National University and Far Eastern University among the favorites.
“It’s just fitting that we will have James as our special guest. We are certain he can motivate our country’s young ballers to train and play as hard as they can,” said league chairman Terry Que, co-team owner of ROS team in the PBA.
While the opening ceremony is set on Sunday, games of the event begin on Saturday.
A heavy four-game schedule is on tap on opening day with the Red Cubs kicking off their bid for a third title against the University of Cebu Webmasters at 10:45 a.m. just right after the 9 a.m. tussle between Jose Rizal University and newcomer University of Luzon-Dagupan.
The Red Robins test the mettle of Chiang Kai Shek College Dragons at 2:15 p.m. while Hope Christian takes on La Salle Greenhills at 12:30 p.m.
Group A is comprised of NU, JRU and UL while SBU, FEU and UC are in Group B; UST, La Salle Greenhills and Hope Christian High School are clustered in Group C as Mapua, Xavier and Chang Kai Shek are in Group D.
The winning team will get P50,000, according to Freego’s Eduard Tio. Aside from Que and Tio, also sponsoring the event are Dr. Cecilio Pedro of Hapee Toothpaste, Rudy Yu of Dickies Underwear, Dioceldo Sy of Blackwater Sports, Jimi Lim of IronCon Builders, Jimmy dela Cruz of Che’Lu Bar and Grill and Leoncio Chua of MEC Networks. THe tournament is also supported by Masumax Food Supplement, Cherrylume, SUMO GI Sheets and Choi Garden.