Gaisano Grand Cup fires off today

THE GAISANO Grand Cup will formally unwraps its 12th season today with league record 96 school varsity teams battling for pride and honor.

Two games will raise the curtains for the historic season right after the 1pm simple but fitting opening ceremony at Gaisano Grand Ilustre 5th floor Entertainment Plaza.

Mall bigwigs, invited dignitaries and the members of the Board of Commissioners led by Samahang Basketbolista ng Pilipinas regional director Regino “Boy” Cua will grace the affair.

Junior Girls defending champion Assumption College of Davao will begin its title retention bid against Daniel R. Aguinaldo National High School.

The regions premiere school-based league will once again feature competitions in mini, cadet, junior boys and girls and senior (collegiate) men and women.

“This year’s Grand Cup will focus more on the good morals that it provides to the young players as a league where values education happens, “the Grand Cup press release said.

Like in the past, the tournament runs from August to December playing every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Eight teams each will compete in the centerpiece Junior Boys Division 1 and Junior Girls category while 24 teams entered in the Junior Boys Division 2. Cadet and Mini had 22 and 12 teams respectively.

Defending champion Ateneo de Davao University Blue Knights leads the 16-team field in the senior men’s division while the distaff side had 6.

Among the new teams this season are San Pedro College (Mini, Cadet and Juniors), Davao City National High School (Cadet and Juniors) and comebacking Philippine Academy of Sakya (Juniors)

Eligible student-athletes for mini division shall be born 2003 and the years thereafter while the cadet category shall be born 2001 onwards.

For the junior boys and girls, student-athletes must be born 1998 onwards and born 1991 and the years thereafter for the student-athletes entered in the senior men and women.

The tournament is organized by the Gaisano Grand Mall Ilustre in coordination with the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP Regional Office 11.

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