SBP-Passerelle 2016 kicks off Sunday

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Adamson University will defend its title in the 31st season of the Small Basketeers of the Philippines (SBP)-Passerelle Twin Tournament on July 24 at the Fr. Rafael Cortina Gym in Xavier School, Greenhills, San Juan. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Adamson University will defend its title in the 31st season of the Small Basketeers of the Philippines (SBP)-Passerelle Twin Tournament on July 24 at the Fr. Rafael Cortina Gym in Xavier School, Greenhills, San Juan. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The Small Basketeers of the Philippines (SBP)-Passerelle Twin Tournament, the country’s most prestigious interschool basketball competition for children, will open its 31st season on July 24 at the Fr. Rafael Cortina Gym in Xavier School, Greenhills, San Juan.

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Defending the crown will be La Salle Greenhills while Adamson University will be back to attempt reclaim their Passerelle championship title.

The opening games will be followed by elimination games in National Capital Region, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao to determine which teams qualify for the regional championships. The best teams from each region will battle it out at the national finals

Tentative schedules of the regional playoffs will be October 21 to 24 in Davao City for Mindanao, November 4 to 7 in Baguio City for Luzon, and November 18 to 21 in Roxas City for Visayas.

Over 600 players from more than 150 schools nationwide are expected to join the competition. School teams participating in the SBP division (9-11 year-old) in the NCR will include Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle Santiago Zobel School, De La Salle Greenhills and Xavier School. Joining the Passerelle (12-14 year-old) division, meanwhile, will be Adamson University, Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle Santiago Zobel School, De La Salle Greenhills, San Beda College and University of Santo Tomas.

Organized by the Basketball Efficiency and Scientific Training (BEST) Center, the country’s premiere sports clinic, and supported by MILO in cooperation with Chris Sports and SKLZ, the SBP-Passerelle Twin Tournament provides a venue for young cagers to showcase their skills. Some of the national basketball stars who started their career in SBP-Passerelle include Chris Tiu, JV Casio, Larry Fonacier, LA Tenorio, Kobe Paras, Kiefer Ravena, and Mark and Mike Nieto.

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