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    Early clash of favorites as ISAA tourney starts

    Aug 14, 2012
    ISAA president Ruel dela Rosa expects TIP and Philippine Merchant Marine School to figure prominently in the championship race. Jerome Ascano 

    DEFENDING champion Technological Institute of the Philippines and newcomer Philippine Merchant Marine School highlight an exciting three-game bill as the fourth season of the Interscholastic Athletic Association (ISAA) basketball tournament tips off on Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan.

    TIP and PMMS meet in the main game at 1 p.m. in a possible preview of the finals, capping a hectic start to the new season of the collegiate league formed in 2009.

    Manila Tytana Colleges (formerly Manila Doctors College) and St. Dominic College of Asia clash in the opener at 10 a.m., before Feati and Philippine Women’s University square off at 11:30.

    “TIP and PMMS are obviously tipped as favorites to win the championship, but we expect the other schools to be competitive this season,” said ISAA president Ruel dela Rosa of MTC in Tuesday’s PSA Forum at Shakey’s Malate.

    Dela Rosa was with league treasurer Raul Santos of PWU during the session.

    Barangay Ginebra star center Kerby Raymundo will be the keynote speaker for the opening ceremonies at 8:30 a.m. San Juan Congressman JV Ejercito has also been invited to grace the affair.

    Seven schools, including La Consolacion College Manila, are participating in the single-round tournament where the top two teams gain outright slots in the semifinals. The third-to-seventh placed teams will meet in a stepladder format to dispute the remaining two spots.

    The two other member schools are Lyceum and Manila Adventist Medical Center and Colleges.

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    ISAA president Ruel dela Rosa expects TIP and Philippine Merchant Marine School to figure prominently in the championship race. Jerome Ascano 
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