CBA to give youngCe­buano cagers a chance to shine

Newly formed CBA to give promis­ing Ce­buano play­ers the needed ex­po­sure

Cebu Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By Jonas Pane­rio COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Cebu bas­ket­ball is about to get a boost with the stag­ing of the Com­mu­nity Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (CBA).

The Visayas leg of the CBA is ten­ta­tively slated to tip off on Jan­uary 12. Games will be aired on TV by IBC 13.

CBA Com­mis­sioner Pido Jaren­cio said the league is a per­fect av­enue for promis­ing Ce­buano play­ers to show­case their tal­ents.

“Gusto namin iba­lik ang Cebu bas­ket­ball para sumikat na na­man through CBA,” said Jaren­cio, a for­mer PBA player and cur­rently the head coach of the North­port Batang Pier. (We want to bring back Cebu bas­ket­ball so it will be fa­mous again through the CBA.)

There will be also other legs to be held such as the one in Manila, which kicks off on De­cem­ber 22.

But un­like the other legs, which will not be im­pos­ing any age lim­its on its par­tic­i­pants, the Visayas leg will in­stead strive to give up-and-com­ing play­ers a plat­form to show off their tal­ent.

With this, or­ga­niz­ers and the prospec­tive coaches agreed on let­ting play­ers aged 21-and-un­der com­pete in this tour­na­ment. The idea was broached by coach- es who at­tended the or­ga­ni­za­tional meet­ing on Tues­day night, most of whom are coach­ing in the Cebu Gover­nor’s Cup 21 and Un­der In­ter Cities/Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties Bas­ket­ball Tour­na­ment.

A whop­ping P2 mil­lion will be awarded to the na­tional champi- on, half of which will be pledged to the barangay or pub­lic school that the cham­pion team has cho­sen to part­ner with.

Tak­ing charge of the Visayas leg will be Pi­noy Youth Dream­ers Di­rec­tor and CBA Visayas Gover­nor Beau­jing Acot. The tour­na­ment di­rec­tors will be Mar­vin Caro and Rom­mel Rasmo.

With teams al­ready in place, the race is now on as to who will get to join the tour­na­ment first with just 12 teams for the Visayas leg be­ing ac­cepted.

CON­TRIB­UTED

Or­ga­niz­ers, headed by com­mis­sioner Pido Jaren­cio (seated, fifth from left), and coaches of the Com­mu­nity Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion gather at the Chika-an restau­rant in Park­mall af­ter their very first meet­ing.

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