Boost for girls’ hoops

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Monday, August 18, 2014


IN CEBU, basketball is typically a man’s game. Rarely do females see action in major basketball tournaments in this part of the country.

That’s about to change with the Cebu Youth Basketball League (CYBL) opening up its doors to girl in its upcoming season.

“We finally give them a chance to play. We discovered them at the Jr. WNBA (Women’s National Basketball Association) clinic in January 2014. They’re hungry for games; the same hunger that we saw when we launched the CYBL in 2008,” CYBL’s Rico Navarro told Sun.Star Cebu.

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The CYBL is now adding the Girl’s Under-17 division in the D-League, which is composed of budding basketball teams.

The Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. used to have a girls basketball division but that folded up due to lack of teams.

A total of five teams will be competing in the Girls Under-17 division—Minglanilla High School, Mandaue, Abellana National High School, Apas National High School and Consolacion National High School.

“It’s one of the innovations we plan to introduce this next tournament,” said Navarro.

The CYBL is set to kick off on Aug. 30 tentatively at the Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu Mandaue campus. The games will continue at the SHS-AdC campus in Gen. Maxilom and other schools.

There will be 61 teams in this year’s CYBL, which will have eight categories. There will be two divisions each for Boys Under-17, Boys Under-15 and Boys Under-12. The other two categories are the Boys Under-10 and the Girls Under-17.

With the inception of the Girl’s Under-17 division, it won’t be long when other girl age groups will follow but that will all depend on the success of this addition for the season.

“We start with Under-17 then take it from there,” said Navarro.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 19, 2014.

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