BBEAL to im­ple­ment new FIBA rules

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IN A bid to make the bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment more ex­cit­ing, the Baguio - Benguet Ed­u­ca­tional Ath­letic League is set to im­ple­ment the new rules adopted by FIBA.

BBEAL bas­ket­ball com­mis­sioner Djalma Arnedo said the new FIBA rules took ef­fect Oc­to­ber 1.

Arnedo added BBEAL will be the first col­le­giate league to adopt the new sys­tem when it opens its 32nd sea­son on Oc­to­ber 27 with the Univer­sity of the Philip­pines - Baguio host­ing the year­long sports tour­na­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to FIBA, the mod­i­fi­ca­tions will help make the game more spec­tac­u­lar, freeflow­ing and fluid.

FIBA, in its web­site added these changes come af­ter FIBA's

Rules Ad­vi­sory Group (RAG) - which con­sists of ex­perts from FIBA, the NBA and the Na­tional Col­le­giate Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion (NCAA) - an­a­lysed 32 pro­pos­als and made rec­om­men­da­tions to FIBA's Tech­ni­cal Com­mis­sion at its meet­ing on June 6-7.

RAG held ex­ten­sive talks and con­sul­ta­tions with these bod­ies as well as the FIBA Play­ers' Com­mis­sion and the World As­so­ci­a­tion of Bas­ket­ball Coaches (WABC) in the leadup to the meet­ing.

FIBA's Tech­ni­cal Com­mis­sion re­viewed all 32 pro­pos­als and ap­proved 14 of them, paving the way for the Cen­tral Board to give the fi­nal green light.

The new FIBA rule was dis­cussed by in­ter­na­tional ref­eree Ariel Balmeo dur­ing the two day re­fresh­ers course for the of­fi­ci­at­ing of­fi­cials and coaches last week­end at the Univer­sity of Baguio Gym.

The Na­tional Am­a­teur Bas­ket­ball Ref­er­ees Or­ga­ni­za­tion (Nabro) will be call­ing the shots for the cen­ter­piece tour­na­ment with the Univer­sity of the Cordilleras eye­ing a rare grand slam op­por­tu­nity. Fiery NLEX Road War­riors coach Yeng Guiao will be the guest speaker dur­ing the open­ing which was orig­i­nally slated Oc­to­ber 20 but was moved to a later date to ac­com­mo­date the sched­ule of the cur­rent Philip­pine na­tional team head coach, also UP alum­nus him­self.

UC will have its hands full against last year’s fourth place fin­isher Saint Louis Univer­sity, Benguet State Univer­sity and the Philip­pine Mil­i­tary Academy as they clash for the top spot in Bracket A.

Bunched in Bracket B is last year’s run­ner –up Baguio Col­lege of Tech­nol­ogy, many time BBEAL cham­pion Univer­sity of Baguio, Baguio Cen­tral Univer­sity, Cordillera Ca­reer De­vel­op­ment Col­lege, and sea­son host Univer­sity of the Philip­pines–Baguio.

In the women’s side, de­fend­ing cham­pion UB will lead Bracket A and will go up against SLU, BCT, ad BSU while teams in bracket B are UC, PMA, Pines City Col­leges, and Kings Col­lege of the Philip­pines.

SSB photo

HIGH FLYER. Cadet Al­lan Paul Men­doza of the PMA Cav­a­liers drives strong to the bas­ket against a BCT Atoms de­fender dur­ing last year’s men’s bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment in the Baguio – Benguet ed­u­ca­tional Ath­letic League. The BBEAL is set im­ple­ment the new FIBA rules when it opens on Oc­to­ber 27.

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