Public schools cagefest opens

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Sunday, November 6, 2011


AFTER staging two basketball tournaments featuring private schools, Liga Dabaw made an unprecedented move by organizing a basketball championship this time for Davao City's public schools.

The Liga Dabaw Public High School Basketball Tournament 2011 got underway at the University of Mindanao (UM) Matina campus gym Saturday with 10 teams competing.

No less than Liga Dabaw chair Guillermo "Willie" Torres Jr. and vice chair Atty. Mans Carpio graced the opening ceremonies of the event being held in cooperation with Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) 11 and Department of Education (Deped).

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Torres made the ceremonial toss to officially start the tournament following a parade of the competing schools and brief but meaningful opening rites in the morning.

"This will give players from these public schools the opportunity to showcase their skills. They may end up earning scholarship since scouts from private schools are watching from the sidelines," Torres said.

Other Liga Dabaw officials led by secretary general William "Butch" Ramirez, Davao City Councilor Jose Louie Villafuerte, SBP city director Atty. Marvin Melodias and Deped heads led by Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Maria Ines Asuncion, as well as principals of the different participating schools were on hand during the affair.

The uniforms of the participating schools were sponsored by Liga Dabaw officials and other benevolent executives.

SBP Mindanao B director Regino "Boy" Cua also distributed balls to the teams.

The schools seeing action are Don Enrique Bustamante National High School in Bago Gallera, Bernardo Caprio NHS in Buhangin, Mabini NHS in Bangkal, Erico T. Nograles NHS in Trading Boulevard, Sta. Ana National High School, Daniel R. Aguinaldo NHS in Sto. Nino. Matina, F. Bangoy National High School in Sasa, Do¤a Carmen Denia NHS, Davao City National High School and Talomo National High School.

SBP's Oscar Salvador said the 10 teams will be grouped in two brackets, with the top two teams from each bracket after the elimination round advancing to the cross-over semifinals. Winners in the semis matches will play for the championship and the losers dispute third place.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on November 07, 2011.

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