THE NCAA will hold an All-Star basketball game for the first time in league history to highlight its 90th season.
The basketball tournament comes off the wraps on Saturday at the MOA Arena in Pasay City and the All-Star game will be played Aug. 16, after the first round of eliminations.
The proceeds will go to a charitable institution.
"We've decided to hold it not just to encourage players to play better but also to raise funds for charity," said NCAA Management Committee chair Paul Supan of host Jose Rizal yesterday in yesterday's PSA Forum at Shakey's Malate.
“I think it’s about time that we hold one after all these years. The players and the NCAA community deserve it,” added Supan.
San Beda begins its drive for five straight titles as it clashes Jose Rizal University at 1 p.m. on opening day, and last year's runner-up Letran will play perennial contender San Sebastian at 3 p.m.
This season will also feature Arellano U as the league's eighth regular member after San Beda, Letran, San Sebastian, Perpetual Help, St. Benilde, Jose Rizal and Mapua Institute of Technology.
Emilio Aguinaldo and Lyceum seek to achieve the same status with solid showing not just in basketball but in other sports as well.
"We're happy to be regular members and we will try to improve each season," said Arellano representative Peter Cayco, whose Chiefs placed fourth in the overall title race in their fifth year in the league.
St. Benilde’s is looking to improve its ninth place finish in basketball as it tries to retain the overall crown.
"We're optimistic of our chances of retaining the overall title," said St. Benilde board representative Dax Castellano.