METRO Manila’s largest city is having a league of its own.
The Quezon City Basketball League (QCBL) is set to unveil next month at the JCR gym at FEU-NRMF in Fairview, featuring established teams and corporate firms with business headquarters in the city.
Former La Salle stalwart and Globalport team manager BJ Manalo acts as executive director of the league which aims to develop a complete basketball program for the growing youth population and unveil a new generation of competitive basketball players in the city named after former Philippine President Manuel L. Quezon.
The Corporate Cup will usher the inaugural conference of the meet, with three divisions on tap, namely, Open, Cadet, and Starter, according to Manalo, who also held sports management positions in several colleges and universities.
The tournament kicks off on Nov. 10.
“What makes the league special is that our participating teams and our management team will jointly conduct free basketball clinics for kids in different barangays. We are getting them ready for the city-wide QCBL 3x3 and 5x5 tournaments. This also serves as our Corporate Social Responsibility,” said Manalo, who already earned the backing of several patrons and corporate teams.
The Open Division features corporate teams that will be allowed to have maximum number of 20 players, with one import or foreign player in the line-up. Players must be 18-years-old and above, but should not be currently playing in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) or the Asean Basketball League (ABL).
The Cadet Division is a notch lower, with teams also having a maximum of 20 players each, but must have no experience playing in the PBA, ABL, D-League, Pilipinas Maharlika Basketball League (MPBL), and the National Basketball League.
Meanwhile, former college players from the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and the Universities Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) should have had their last playing year in 2010.
The Starter Division will have 20 maximum players in a team, should have no foreign player and former pro leaguers, and only two players with a maximum height of 6-foot- 2.
Corporate teams outside of Quezon City are welcome to join. For more details, contact coach Oliver Bunyi (0917-5226385) or send message to Quezon City Basketball League facebook page.