WITH the warm response of high school teams from Metro Manila to the ongoing 4th Philippine Secondary Schools Basketball Championships (PSSBC) Jumbo Plastic Linoleum Cup, the league's board of governors is planning to invite top high school teams from Visayas and Mindanao in the near future.
“We plan to make the event national in scope because there are teams from the South asking how they can join the event,” said PSSBC vice chairman and Rain or Shine co-team owner Terry Que. “I hope we can talk about this in our next meeting.”
Only teams from the UAAP, NCAA and Fil-Chinese federations are so far taking part in the annual event whose main goal is to provide high school players another avenue to showcase their talents.
“Though PSSBC games are shown on AksyonTV on delayed basis, some collegiate coaches are watching games religiously knowing we invited only the best teams in Metro Manila,” said Que.
Though staging a tournament with invited teams from Visayas and Mindanao entails bigger budget, Que is confident he can get the support of the board chaired by Jumbo Plastic Linoleum owner Jimmy dela Cruz.
Aside from Dela Cruz and Que, other governors of the league are Rudy Yu of Dickies Underwear, Dioceldo Sy of Blackwater Sports, Leoncio Chua of MEC Networks, Jimi Lim of Ironcon Builders, Dr. Cecilio Pedro of Hapee Toothpaste and Eduard Tio of Freego.
Meantime, the game between Hope Christian High School and University of Santo Tomas played on Tuesday will be shown Thursday at 9 p.m. with the Far Eastern University-Arellano University showdown going to be aired on Friday at 4 p.m. while the Adamson-Chiang Kai Shek College encounter is slated at 7 p.m.
The first quarterfinal match tomorrow, on the other hand, will be aired at 9 p.m. on Friday also on AksyonTV while the three other matches for the day will be aired on Saturday starting at 1 p.m.