BIG things are in store for the 12th season of the Chooks-to-Go NBTC National Finals presented by SM when Philippine high school basketball’s biggest event commences on March 18-24 at the Mall of Asia Arena.
A total of 105 cities – up from the high of 80 from last year - from all over the archipelago, including a record six international teams featuring Filipinos born overseas, will take part in the National Finals.
Following the intense city championships, the winners will compete in the regional tournaments. From there, the 16 regional champions will join 10 NCR teams that will include the winner and first runner-up of the NCAA and UAAP tournaments as well as in the six international teams in the National Finals.
In this 12th NBTC National Finals, teams from the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and one each from Toronto and Vancouver in Canada and first-timer Italy will participate.
Last year, Fil-Americans Jalen Green – who competed for the USA in the Fiba Under-17 Championships – and Kihei Clark led the American team.
Aside from the National Finals, the entire week will find an assortment of pocket competitions from the annual high school All-Star Game, the dunk contest, the 3x3 tourney, and the Coaches Convention that is open to NBTC coaches as well as coaches from private and public high schools.
The reigning NBTC National Champion is Nazareth School of National University.
The event is also sponsored by Darlington Exped Socks, Purefoods, Freego Jeans, Huawei, Gatorade, Go for Gold, and Epson.