A METRO-WIDE cage meet featuring selected players 16-and-below is set to unfold this weekend.
The Metro Basketball Tournament gets going on April 28 at the San Andres Sports Complex with no less than Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada gracing the inaugural games as special guest along with Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Thomas ‘Tim’ Orbos.
Sixteen cities, one municipality, and an MMDA crew serving as special guest team make up the field that has been divided into three groups, namely North, Central, and South.
Comprising the North division are Caloocan, Malabon, Marikina, Navotas, Quezon City, and Valenzuela; Central is composed of Mandaluyong, Manila, MMDA, Pasig, Pateros, and San Juan, while Las Pinas, Makati, Muntinlupa, Paranaque, Pasay, and Taguig make up the South side.
The meet is the initial project of the Metro Manila Sports Fest in coordination with the MMDA and the Metro Manila Council. Former PBA great and coach Alfredo ‘Pido’ Jarencio serves as commissioner.
“We launched the tournament featuring players 16 years old and below since it’s the summer season. Most of these kids are on vacation,” said tournament director and Globalport team manager Bonnie Tan during the official launch of the meet on Monday afternoon at the MMDA office.
Games start at 9 a.m., with ‘Isang Liga, Isang Laro Para Sa Pagbabago’ serving as the tournament’s theme.
Tan said an Open Men’s Seniors Division will also be held after the juniors competition, while events in volleyball, shooting, and golf are also in the planning stage.
“For now, ito munang juniors basketball bago yung iba pang projects,” said the former Lyceum coach.