THE family of the late Regino ‘Boy’ Cua launched a developmental basketball league aimed at harnessing local talents in honor of the revered Davao City basketball leader-patron.
Tournament director Rico Biliran formally announced the decision of the Cua family to remain active in the development of the sport this side of the country by launching the Regino ‘Boy’ Cua Cup on Wednesday to coincide with the 66th birthday of the late head of the Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas (SBP) Region 11.
“This tournament is held in honor of the late SBP Regional Director Regino ‘Boy’ Cua who was known as the Godfather of Davao Basketball,” he said.
“Before his demise, Director Cua was a staunch patron of the sport and indeed made a substantial contribution to the growth of basketball in the country,” added Biliran, who was Cua’s chief implementor of basketball programs.
According to Biliran, the event is aimed at keeping the passion and drive of Director Cua for the sport and live his large dream of a lasting genuine basketball program that would help Davaoeno basketball players achieve their full potential.
The tournament is set to kick off on Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Goldstar Gym. The categories are Mini (12 years old and under) and Cadet (15 years old and under).
Biliran said it was Director Cua who gave birth to the two categories in Davao City by inserting it in the then Gaisano South Cup program.
There will be eight schools in each categories, which will be announced on a later date.
“On the 66th birthday of the late Regino ‘Boy’ Cua, we are proud to announce the creation of Regino ‘Boy’ Cua Cup, a developmental basketball league. It will open on Saturday, Sept. 17, with 16 school teams in the fold. Boy Cua showed an improbable love to the sport and it is fitting to continue what he has been devotedly doing in the later years of his life. With this undertaking, He will surely look down with great pride,” read a statement issued by the family.