HOST school San Beda will honor alumnus and the late basketball great Carlos Loyzaga by retiring his No. 14 jersey during the opening rites of the 92nd NCAA basketball season on June 25 at the MOA Arena in Pasay City.
NCAA Management Committee chair Jose Mari Lacson said Loyzaga's son Chito, himself a former Red Lions standout, along with the rest of the family will be on hand to witness the ceremony honoring the man considered as the best basketball player the country has produced.
"Caloy Loyzaga has made not just San Beda and NCAA but also the whole Philippines proud so it's about time we return what he had done by honoring him with this," said Lacson.
Loyzaga, who passed away early this year, won a pair of championships with San Beda in 1951 and 1952, helped the country win gold medals twice in the FIBA-Asia Championship (1960 and 1963) and four times in the Asian Games (1951, 1954, 1958 and 1962).
He also led a Philippine side to a third-place finish in the FIBA Worlds in 1954 in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, which to this day stands as the highest finish by an Asian country in the world championships.
Lacson also announced that Chito, who like his father also won championships in his time with San Beda, will also declare the games open.
Organizers promised a big opening number that will be choreographed by Roxanne Lapus and directed by Douglas Nierras to jumpstart the season set to unfold at 12:30 p.m.
Mapua and Jose Rizal University will open basketball hostilities at 2 p.m. before the rematch between defending champion Letran and last year's runner-up San Beda in the main game at 4 p.m.
The Knights are set to embark on its title defense with new coach Jeff Napa after Aldin Ayo left for La Salle following their championship conquest against the Red Lions in three games last season.