La Salle Greenhills nabs back-to-back championship crowns in 27th MILO-BEST SBP-Passerelle NCR finals.
Nationwide inter-school basketball league wraps up NCR championships
QUEZON CITY, September 20, 2012 –Promising young cagers took the action to the hard court at the Small Basketeers Philippines (SBP) – Passerelle twin tournament NCR finals Sunday at the Blue Eagle Gym in Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City. La Salle Greenhills-A (LSGH) prevailed in the thrilling Passerelle division match as they scored 62-60 against longtime rival Xavier School. LSGH celebrated a double victory when they bested defending champion Ateneo de Manila and took home the title in the SBP division.
LSGH’s Rodney Manuel fired off remarkable three pointers that put Xavier under pressure in the third quarter of the Passerelle finals. The latter struggled to balance the score towards the end of the rally but failed to defeat LSGH’s solid on-court offense. Both LSGH and Xavier matched the intensity of the semi-final round, where they dominated Chiang Kai Shek College (CKSC) and University of Santo Tomas (UST), respectively.
In the SBP division, the LSGH Greenies marched to victory against the last year’s division champs the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eaglets, 49-42. Special awards were also accorded to the season’s best teams, as UST and De La Salle Zobel (DLSZ) took home the esteemed Sportsmanship Award in the Passerelle and SBP divisions, respectively.
Now on its 27th season, the tournament continues to equip players with the fundamentals of basketball as well as with character-forming values such as discipline, sportsmanship and camaraderie through their interaction with coaches, instructors, classmates and peers.
The Basketball Efficiency Scientific Training (BEST) Center is the pioneering basketball school in Asia founded by Nic Jorge in 1978, and has produced the likes of PBA Philippine Cup finals Most Valuable Player Larry Fonacier, Smart-Gilas Pilipinas captain Chris Tiu, Powerade Tigers all-star guard JV Casio and reigning PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals MVP James Yap.
“Held in line with MILO’s commitment to building champions in sports and in life, the BEST Center’s SBP – Passerelle twin tournament furthers a shared vision of promoting sports from the grassroots level and developing the country’s next generation of basketball heroes,” said Robbie de Vera, MILO sports executive, Nestle Philippines.
Both MILO and BEST Center endeavor to provide opportunities for budding young athletes to show their athletic prowess and succeed in life.
After the NCR championship leg, the SBP-Passerelle twin tournament will shift to Mindanao for its championship leg slated on October 19 – 20 in Davao, followed by the Luzon championship leg on November 3 – 4 in Pampanga and the Visayas championship leg on November 17 – 18 in Iloilo.
LSGH will go head to head with the top SBP – Passerelle regional contenders for the 27th SBP – Passerelle National Finals on December 1 – 2 in Roxas City, Panay.
MILO and BEST Center have jointly and independently received awards and citations, including their respective Hall of Fame trophies from the Philippine Sportswriters Association’s (PSA) and the Olympism Award by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).
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