WITH 30 teams confirming their participation, some 20 more teams are expected to list up two weeks from now for the staging of first Baguio Day Cup basketball invitational.

Expected to open August 1, a month before the 101st celebration of Baguio's charter anniversary, organizers are eyeing a complete list of 50 teams playing in various brackets.

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A predecessor of the Centennial Cup basketball tournament, the Baguio Cup was conceptualized to bring a competitive level of amateur basketball in the city by awarding cash prizes aside from the championship and division trophies.

Organizers are eyeing the maximum number of teams to 50 to fill up the six or seven brackets being eyed in the tournament with bracket A being the centerpiece of the tournament.

However, organizers said if four teams would make it in open bracket, the division would push through even though the open bracket is doubtful of being filled up because the Baguio-Benguet Educational Athletic League and Cordillera

Higher Education Sports and Athletic Association are also set to open on the same month.

Organizers said the tournament hopes to be an effective vehicle to promote peace and order and at the same time a healthy lifestyle from members of the community, not only in Baguio City but also from nearby Benguet.

The top four teams in each bracket will play for the cross over semi-finals with the top two teams enjoying a twice to beat advantage.

The tournament, also aims to establish better rapport among the youth and citizens of Baguio and neighboring Benguet towns.

The management committee, on the other hand, said interested teams may still file their application with complete team gallery on or before July 24 at Tea House in SM City Baguio. (Roderick Osis)