ALL is set for the 2015 Seaoil-NBTC National High School Championships with the 18 slots already filled for the tournament set March 6 to 8 simultaneously at the Ynares Sports Arena, Meralco gym and Philsports Arena.
Seeded to the National Basketball Training Center event are Assumption College of Davao, Southern City College from Zamboanga, St. John’s Institute of Bacolod, St. Roberts International School of Iloilo, Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu and Sacred Heart of Jesus Montessori of Cagayan de Oro.
Joining them are Maryhill College of Lucena, University of Perpetual Help System Binan, Naga City Montessori, Lyceum of South Cavite, University of Cordilleras of Baguio, Castillejos National High School in Zambales, Infant Jesus Learning Center for Academic Studies of San Fernando, Gerona Institute of Tarlac, and National Capital Region qualifiers Chiang Kai Shek College, National University, San Beda Red Cubs and San Beda-B.
The 18 national finalists in the tournament backed by the MVP Sports Foundation Inc. and which serves as the official grassroots development program of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas will be divided into six groups with teams from each pool playing one round.
The top six teams advance to the next round, with the qualifiers from Groups A, B and C in one pool and those from Groups D, E and F in another for a single round play. The top teams from either pool then meet in the championship.
“The hour of reckoning has arrived,” said NBTC program founder Eric Altamirano. “This is what we’ve been waiting for. After all those months of grueling competition all over the country, the cream of the crop in Philippine high school basketball has been assembled to battle for the right to be called No. 1 nationwide. I can’t be more thrilled at the prospect of watching all these young talent showcase what they’ve got.”