BERKELEY School opens its title retention bid against Lucban Elementary School when the Milo BEST SBP-Passerelle twin tournament opens September 1 at the Easter College gym.
Gunning for an unprecedented sixth straight crown, Berkeley faces a dangerous Lucban squad, in the opening game of the tournament for boys aged 11 years old.
After the 8:00 a.m. set to of Berkeley and Lucban, passerelle defending champion Saint Louis University (SLU) High School - A plunges into action against a tough University of the Cordillera (UC) High School squad followed by SLU- Laboratory Elementary School - UC Grade School tiff at 10:30 a.m.
SLU-LHS B will also open their title hunt against the visiting Saint Louis College of La Union A while Mabini Elementary challenges SLC-LU in the SBP division.
Closing out the opening day games are Saint Louis School Center against SLC-LU B in passerrelle and SLSC and Star Colleges in the SBP division.
Aside from the Baguio games, elimination matches will also be held in other areas of Luzon, the National Capital Region, Visayas and Mindanao to determine which teams will qualify for the regional championships.
Top teams from each region will battle it out in the national finals. The tournament features unique rules wherein a team must field a new set of five players for each for the first three periods and the coach may then play any combination he wishes for the final canto, thus guaranteeing each player a minimum of 10 minutes of court time.
Passerelle is for 12 to 14 year old and was conceived in order to act as a bridge between the SBP and the Juniors Division for players 18 and under. The tournament is also a perfect opportunity for MILO BEST Center students to apply what they have learned during the summer sports clinic founded by Coach Nic Jorge.
Baguio organizer Russel Go believes this season will see an exciting tournament as most of the squads have lost vital players in their line – up.
“It’s going to be an exciting season because most of the teams, have lost their veterans and just like Berkeley and I think even Saint Louis University,” said Go.
SLU-LHS seeks its fourth straight title in the passerelle division as it competes in bracket A with the University of the Cordilleras High School, Saint Louis College – La Union B, Saint Louis School Center, and the University of Baguio Science High.
Bracket B will field Berkeley, last year’s runner –up SLC- LU A, SLU-LHS B, Baguio City High School and Baguio Patriotic High School.
In the SBP division, out to stop Berkeley's four year reign in Bracket A are SLC-LU, Lucban Elementary School, Pugius Elementary School and Mabini Elementary School.
Seeking to dislodge Berkeley in Bracket B are UC Grade School, SLU Laboratory Elementary School, SLSC, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Montessori and University of Baguio.