Berkeley opens hunt against Lucban, SLU- LHS A squares off with UC squad

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BERKELEY School opens its ti­tle re­ten­tion bid against Lucban El­e­men­tary School when the Milo BEST SBPPasserelle twin tour­na­ment opens Septem­ber 1 at the Easter Col­lege gym.

Gun­ning for an un­prece­dented sixth straight crown, Berkeley faces a dan­ger­ous Lucban squad, in the open­ing game of the tour­na­ment for boys aged 11 years-old.

Af­ter the 8:00 a.m setto of Berkeley and Lucban, passerelle de­fend­ing cham­pion Saint Louis Univer­sity High School - A plunges into ac­tion against a tough Univer­sity of the Cordillera High School squad fol­lowed by SLU- Lab­o­ra­tory El­e­men­tary School - UC Grade School tiff at 10:30 a.m.

SLU-LHS B will also open their ti­tle hunt against the vis­it­ing Saint Louis Col­lege of La Union A while Mabini El­e­men­tary chal­lenges SLC-LU in the SBP di­vi­sion.

Clos­ing out the open­ing day games are Saint Louis School Cen­ter against SLC-LU B in passer­relle and SLSC and Star Col­leges in the SBP di­vi­sion.

Aside from Baguio games, elim­i­na­tion matches will also be held in other ar­eas of Lu­zon, the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion, Visayas and Min­danao to de­ter­mine which teams will qual­ify for the re­gional cham­pi­onships.

Top teams from each re­gion will bat­tle it out in the na­tional finals. The tour­na­ment fea­tures unique rules wherein a team must field a new set of five play­ers for each for the first three pe­ri­ods and the coach may then play any com­bi­na­tion he wishes for the fi­nal canto, thus guar­an­tee­ing each player a min­i­mum of 10 min­utes of court time.

Passerelle is for 12 to 14 year old and was con­ceived in or­der to act as a bridge be­tween the SBP and the Ju­niors Di­vi­sion for play­ers 18 and un­der. The tour­na­ment is also a per­fect op­por­tu­nity for MILO BEST Cen­ter stu­dents to ap­ply what they have learned dur­ing the sum­mer sports clinic founded by Coach Nic Jorge.

Baguio or­ga­nizer Rus­sel Go be­lieves this sea­son will see an ex­cit­ing tour­na­ment as most of the squads have lost vi­tal play­ers in their line

– up.

“It’s go­ing to be an ex­cit­ing sea­son be­cause most of the teams, have lost their veterans and just like Berkeley and I think even Saint Louis Univer­sity,”said Go.

SLU-LHS seeks its fourth straight ti­tle in the passerelle di­vi­sion as it com­petes in bracket A with the Univer­sity of the Cordilleras High School, Saint Louis Col­lege – La Union B, Saint Louis School Cen­ter, and the Univer­sity of Baguio Sci­ence High.

Bracket B will field Berkeley, last year’s run­ner –up SLC- LU A, SLULHS B, Baguio City High School and Baguio Pa­tri­otic High School.

In the SBP di­vi­sion, out to stop Berkeley's four year reign in Bracket A are SLC- LU, Lucban El­e­men­tary School, Pugius Elem. Schooland Mabini Elem. School.

Seek­ing to dis­lodge Berkeley in Bracket B are UC Grade School, SLU Lab­o­ra­tory El­e­men­tary School, SLSC, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Montes­sori and Univer­sity of Baguio. Rod­er­ick Osis

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