THE NCAA-South Season 20 begins play on Wednesday with the men’s basketball tournament with Philippine Christian University-Dasmariñas serving as the season host.
NCAA-South Policy Board president Jordan Ramos said PCU-Dasmariñas is ready to host this year’s league that drew 11 schools. He added the school recently completed its new gym where most of the games will also be held this season.
“This is the 20th season of the NCAA-South. PCU is definitely excited. We are so thankful that the NCAA-South already has 11 schools. We expect a high level of competition as far as the NCAA-South is concerned. As host school, we will do our best to make the season as successful as possible,” said Ramos.
While the men’s basketball competitions will open on Wednesday, the league formally unfurled its new season during the NCAA-South opening ceremony last October 26 at the new PCU-Dasmariñas gym.
University of Perpetual Help System Jonelta-Biñan is looking to defend its overall seniors crown as the Altas will be vying for the title against 11 other schools in PCU-Dasmariñas, De La Salle-Lipa, Emilio Aguinaldo College-Cavite, First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities (FAITH)-Tanauan, Letran College-Calamba, Lyceum-Batangas, San Beda Alabang, San Pablo Colleges, Trace College, and University of Batangas.
De La Salle-Lipa will also look to retain its men's basketball crown.
NCAA-South Management Committee chairman Juanito Belandrez said PCU-Dasmariñas is determined to give exposure to the league and its member schools. This year’s playoffs of the men’s basketball competitions, for one, will be televised on Basketball TV.
“Although kilala ang liga sa south, wala kaming exposure kagaya ng ibang liga. Gusto namin na mag-boom at makilala talaga ang liga sa buong Pilipinas,” said Belandrez.
Aside from basketball, sports that are to be played in the first phase are volleyball, taekwondo, and chess, while football, table tennis, badminton, swimming, futsal, beach volleyball, and lawn tennis will be held in the second phase.
Baseball will make its debut in the collegiate league as a demonstration sport.