A nationwide, under-22 basketball tournament featuring a huge field of 118 teams is set for a grand launching starting next month.
Dubbed the `Sinclair Basketball Super League’, the meet will run for four months from February 23 to June 2 and covers eight different areas from as far as Southern Mindanao all the way to the National Capital Region.
League coordinator Darren Evangelista said the tournament is in partnership with the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas in its continuous effort to discover and develop young and fresh talent country wide.
At the same time, he added the event will also help in rehabilitating the different basketball courts to be visited by the `Super League’ during its entire course.
“Two pronged ito. We aim to promote basketball especially among the youth and then, we’ll help them repaint their basketball courts and facilities. Pipinturahan natin `yung mga courts to make them look fresh and new,” said the former player, who's being supported in the endeavor by Sinclair marketing coordinator Analyn Salvadico and sports coordinator Jojo Manoloto.
The league holds area and city eliminations in South Mindanao (Davao, Tagum/Panabo, General Santos), North Mindanao (Cagayan De Oro A and B), Butuan, Agusan Del Sur), Western Visayas (Iloilo, Aklan, Negros, Bacolod), Eastern Visayas (Cebu, Tacloban), North Luzon (Ilocos, Bulacan, Pampanga, Isabela), and South Luzon (Laguna, Batangas, Bicol).
Preliminaries will also be held in NCR divided into A (Camanava, Quezon City, Manila), and B (Las Pinas, Paranaque, Makati, Pasig, Taguig, Pasay).
Evangelista said the meet is open to everyone "as long as they are below 22."
“There’s no restriction even if the players already suited up for commercial leagues,” he added.
After the eliminations, the regional finals will be held from April 27 to May 12, before culminating in the national finals on May 30 to June 2, with the champion team going home with a trophy and P100,000 cash prize.
The runner-up receives P75,000, second runner-up P50,000, and third runner-up P25,000.
The regional champions will be given a cash purse of P90,000 to cover their travel and allowance expenses, according to Evangelista.