XAVIER School is hoping the trend in the Philippine Secondary Schools Basketball Championship (PSSBC) Jumbo Linoleum Plastic Cup holds up as the Golden Stallions seek redemption when the 4th edition of the “Battle of Champions” opens shop on December 12 at the San Beda College gym.
“That’s possible because Xavier is very formidable and is at par with the best teams of the UAAP and NCAA,” said former PSSBC chairman and Blackwater Sports owner Dioceldo Sy. “If we follow the trend, it’s Xavier’s time to reign in the tournament.”
“Their runner-up finish last year should warn teams from the UAAP and NCAA,” added Sy.
The Golden Stallions intend to use their 89-59 beating at the hands of the San Beda College Red Cubs in last year’s championship as a motivation in their bid to win the bragging rights as the country’s premier high school team.
“That will be the challenge for Xavier,” said PSSBC chairman Jimmy dela Cruz. “I believe they have the materials to duplicate the feats of San Sebastian and San Beda.”
The SSC Staglets were beaten by the Hope Christian High School cagers in the inaugural championship, but they came back strong the following year to beat the Red Lions in triple overtime to become the first champion school from the NCAA.
Then last year, the Red Cubs won the title at the expense of the Golden Stallions.
Other sponsors of the annual event are MEC Networks, Rain or Shine, Dickies Underwear, Ironcon Builders, Blackwater Sports, Freego and Hapee Toothpaste.
Meantime, the coaches meeting will be held on December 2 at 11 a.m. at the San Beda gym.