The 31st season of Small Basketeers of the Philippines (SBP)—Passerelle Twin Tournament organized by the Basketball Efficiency and Scientific Training (BEST) Center has opened at the Fr. Rafael Cortina Gym in Xavier School.
“Sports, especially basketball, is a part of every Filipino’s life,” said Meralco Bolts player Jimmy Alapag. “With this event, BEST Center provided a great opportunity for these kids to use their youthful energy for something positive, like basketball.”
Also present during the opening rites were Mikee Romero, team owner of GlobalPort Batang Pier in the Philippine Basketball Association and the current representative of 1-Pacman Party-List in the House of Representatives.
“SBP is like the big leagues for kids ages 12 and below. So is the Passerelle for those ages 13-15. With this tournament, kids can start developing their skills and values at a young age. Aside from the physical exercise, they can also develop discipline, teamwork, and most especially, sportsmanship,” said Romero, whose son is also joining the tilt.
“We are proud to organize this competition, and we will continue in doing so with great enthusiasm. With this age group, we are pleased to see young, eager athletes start their passion in sports at such an early age. It’s great that we can contribute to sports development in our country in our own little way. We are already looking forward to what these athletes are capable of doing when they grow up,” said BEST Center founder Coach Nic Jorge.
Sponsored by Milo and in cooperation with Chris Sports, over 600 players from more than 150 schools nationwide are participating in this year’s competition. Besides the event held in NCR, other elimination games are being held in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao to determine which teams will 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.
For details visit Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/BEST-Center-Sports-Inc/66172039922.