UAAP champion coaches Tab Baldwin and Eric Altamirano have been invited as guests in the opening ceremony of the 6th Philippine Secondary Schools Basketball Championship (PSSBC) Dickies Underwear Cup on Sunday at the Chiang Kai Shek College gym.
Baldwin, who steered Ateneo to this season’s title, and Altamirano, who led National University to the top of the UAAP in 2014 before leaving last season, are expected to motivate the players in the PSSBC.
“We’re excited to have two champion coaches who have made a name for themselves in the local basketball scene. Their presence will be enough to give our players and our coaches as well enough motivation to do well,” said league chairman Rudy Yu of Dickies Underwear.
“This tournament has been the breeding ground of future stars, both in the UAAP and the NCAA. So we’re very proud that we’re able to help the development of our high school players in our own little way,” said Poly Gloss owner Terry Que, one of the league’s godfathers and a proud member of the Board of Governors.
The league features 12 top high school programs led by reigning UAAP champion Far Eastern University-Diliman and new NCAA titleholder La Salle-Greenhills.
Also seeing action in the six-day tournament that offers P50,000 in cash and a trophy to the champion are former titlists Hope Christian High School, San Beda and Chiang Kai Shek.
NU, San Sebastian College, University of Santo Tomas, Letran, Mapua, Manila Patriotic School and CESAFI champion University of Visayas are also seeing action.
Multi-titled mentor Ato Badolato remains as the league commissioner, while the league board members include Dr. Cecilio Pedro of Hapee Toothpaste, Freego Jeans’ Eduard Tio, Che Lu Bar & Grill’s Jimmy Dela Cruz, Jimmy Lim of Ironcon Builders and MEC Computers’ Leoncio Chua.