THE Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) lauded the concerted efforts of the major stakeholders of the Philippine Secondary Schools Basketball Championship (PSSBC) for staging the annual “Battle of Champions.”
SBP executive director Sonny Barrios emphasized the significance of the tournament in aiding the federation’s massive program to discover and nurture high school players to become future Philippine team members.
“It is very encouraging and definitely (significant in) contributing to the overall effort to improve and enhance the skills of our basketball youth through PSSBC,” said Barrios, a former PBA commissioner. “We in the SBP salute and congratulate the men behind the prestigious event.”
The tournament – dubbed this year as the 4th PSSBC Jumbo Plastic Linoleum Cup - is the brainchild of Freego’s Eduard Tio, Blackwater Sports’ Dioceldo Sy, Hapee Toothpaste’s Dr. Cecilio Pedro, and Ironcon Builders’ Jimi Lim.
They also invited Rain or Shine’s Terry Que, Jumbo Plastic Linoleum’s Jimmy dela Cruz, MEC Networks’ Leoncio Chua, and Dickies Underwear’s Rudy Yu to join the group and contribute financially for the holding of the tournament with a clear goal - help high school players become future stars in the collegiate level at first, and hopefully in the national basketball team program, as well.
“We all love the sport of basketball so we bonded together. That’s started the history of PSSBC,” said Tio. “It’s our own way of helping the SBP in its search for future national team members.”
“We need to inspire other youngsters that’s why we are going to televise the games,” added Dela Cruz.
The PSSBC Jumbo Plastic Linoleum Cup, which opens on December 12, will be aired on AksyonTV.