SOME 30 teams are expected to suit up as the third season of the Benguet Basketball League (BBL) opens Sunday, August 8, at La Trinidad municipal gymnasium.

"Its all systems go," said BBL commissioner Jerico Portuguez.

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Two teams from the local media will also see action in the tournament with Bombo Radyo and Sky Cable seeing action.

"Right now, we are still finalizing the brackets and we don't know if Sky Cable and Bombo will be bracketed with each other," said Portuguez.

Five brackets will be played in the tournament, which will use the Fiba rules 2008 with teams from Bracket A expected to lure Baguio and Benguet's former college dribblers.

The tournament, now on its second year, aims to establish better rapport among the youth and citizens of La Trinidad and neighboring Benguet towns that will further lead to brotherhood and eventually minimize untoward incidents and physical injuries.

Portuguez said the tournament will be a round robin format of play depending on the number of teams per bracket with the top four teams advancing to the semi-final round with the top two teams having a twice to beat advantage.

In case of a tie, the Fiba tie breaking system will be applied either win over the other or goal average will be used to determine the standing.

Organizers added they aim to build camaraderie and foster relationships, development, and improvement among trading post stakeholders especially since there are diversified cultural roots of people transacting at the economic enterprise zone after the success of its predecessor, the La Trinidad Trading Post Basketball tournament.

The league was later on expanded to accommodate more teams from other parts of Benguet. (Roderick Osis)