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    PBA commissioner Willie Marcial lauded the Philippine Secondary Schools Basketball Championship (PSSBC) for its annual ‘Battle of Champions,’ which he said helps young basketball players realize their dreams.

    “One good reason why we have so many exciting players is because we have a tournament like ‘Battle of Champions’ which is serving as a perfect vehicle for our young ballers,” said the amiable PBA executive. “And we have to thank the godfathers (governors) of the tournament for their noble deeds.”

    “My advice for these young ballers is to keep dreaming big and I’m sure some of them will be able to play in the PBA,” said Marcial.

    The tournament now on its 8th season is chaired by Freego Jeans owner Eduard Tio, who replaced Rain or Shine co-team owner Terry Que.

    Other Board of Governors are Hapee Toothpaste’s Dr. Cecilio Pedro, Blackwater Sports’ Dioceldo Sy, IronCon Builder’s Jimi Lim, Jumbo Plastic Linoleum’s Jimmy dela Cruz, MEC Networks’ Leoncio Chua and Macbeth Underwear’s Rudy Yu.


    Tio said the top four teams from the UAAP, NCAA, Fil-Chinese school, and champions from Visayas and North will be playing in the six-day tournament also backed by Masumax Food Supplement, Cherrylume Roofing, SUMO GI Sheets, Choi Garden and Molten.

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    The event, according to Edster Sy of the Management Committee, will have its press conference and coaches meeting on Thursday at Sha Tin Courtyard in Quezon City.

    Reigning titlist National University is hoping to become the first back-to-back champion of the event with NCAA champion San Beda as its likely rival.

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