Former Tigers open AAU-inspired youth league outside Manila

Paul Lintag on Jul 11, 2017 05:37 PM
Former Tigers open AAU-inspired youth league outside Manila
Former members of the UST Growling Tigers have spearheaded a new AAU-inspired youth league that features players outside the big programs of Metro Manila (NSCBC via Tigers Basketball on Facebook)

For a country that's crazy about basketball, it's somehow sad that there's not that many legitimate grassroots programs for the sport.

Well not anymore.

Inspired by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) from the United States, National Schools and Camps Basketball Championship officially opened shop last month, doing its part to help further the sport by pitting youth teams from the NCR area and Central Luzon, particularly in Bulacan, against each other.

Spearheaded by former UST Growling Tiger Jackson Wong with the help of various local government units, NSCBC completed its first conference last June with another one coming on August 26 at San Ildefonso, Bulacan.

Featuring two divisions with three age categories each, NSCBC has provided an avenue for young players who may not necessarily attend or draw attention from the bigger programs in Metro Manila to ball out.

And they did just that.

Escuela De Sophia of Caloocan Inc. emerged as one the big winners in NSCBC's first conference, winning two age categories, the U-14 of Division 2 and U-16 of Division 1, beating San Ildefonso and the Malinta Youth Organization respectively.

The home team also picked up big victories as Alpha Farm Baliwag bagged the Division 2 U-18 over Arandia College and Baliwag won the Division 1 U-18 over CBE Cabanatuan.

Arandia College's U-16 team won the title for Division 2 and Little Warriors of Valenzuela emerged as champions in the Division 1 U-14 category to complete the list of winners.

League Commissioner Carlos Fenequito, also a former Growling Tiger, said that NSCBC is all about giving players outside of the big programs a chance.

"Starting an opportunity for the players at a young age [and] be exposed in a highly-competitive league which will prepare them for their basketball careers," he said.

The NSCBC will play its second conference next month in San Ildefonso, Bulacan but before that, check out some photos from the first conference below.

Ball is life.

 

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