APALIT -- The first basketball tournament sponsored by Mayor Peter Nucom of this town kicked-off Friday with 12 teams vying for the trophy.
Dubbed as MPCN Cup, Nucom said that the participating teams represent the 12 barangays in this town and were divided into two divisions.
The East Division includes Barangays Capalangan, Sulipan, Cansinala, Balucuc, Calantipe and Tabuyoc while the West Division is composed of Sampaloc, Paligui, San Vicente, San Juan, Sulipan and Sucad, he added.
Nucom said that the sports competition aims to promote unity and camaraderie among the youth in town, as well as stir support from the audience.
He added that the event also aims to engage the public, especially out-of-school youth, in fruitful recreations to avert them from doing illegal activities.
Nucom also expressed his hope that the event may serve as a platform for participants who wish to play in bigger leagues such as the Philippine Basketball Association.
If fortunate, the players will be following the footsteps of Yousif Aljamal and Jojo Duncil who both played in the PBA and are Apalit natives.
Meanwhile, Nucom said that aside from the trophy and bragging rights, winning barangays will also get to take home cash prizes amounting to P100,000, P50,000 and P30,000 respectively plus consolation prizes of 10,000 each for other teams.