La Salle Grenhills, San Beda claim SBP-Passerelle NCR titles
San Beda Red Cubs (top) claimed the Passerelle division title while the La Salle Greenhills Greenies retain their SBP division title in NCR play.
SBP division defending champion La Salle Greenhills extended its undefeated run to three consecutive seasons after topping sister school La Salle Santiago-Zobel at the 32nd SBP-Passerelle twin tournament NCR finals, while San Beda College claimed the Passerelle division championship after outlasting the Nazareth School of National University.
In the SBP division, La Salle Greenies dominated from start to finish, stamping their class on the Junior Archers for a 50-22 victory behind division MVP Lorenzo Bryan Competente's strong play.
NCR Passerelle MVP Anfernee Zachary Estacio led the way for the SBC Red Cubs as they rallied to defeat the NSNU Bullpups with a wire-to-wire 63-61 victory to bag the NCR Passerelle division title.
La Salle Greenhills and San Beda College will represent NCR in the national finals, competing against regional winners from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
Ateneo de Manila University finished while San Sebastian College-Recoletos was fourth in the SBP division NCR finals.
Third place in the Passerelle division was La Salle Greenhills while fourth placer was Ateneo de Manila University.
Giving high importance to fair play and discipline, BEST Center is also awarding the much-coveted Sportsmanship Award to deserving schools not only for the exemplary skills showed by the students in playing basketball but also for good behavior among parents, coaches and school officials.
This year for NCR, the award was given to Marist School in the SBP division while no winner was announced in the Passerelle division.
Organized by the country’s premier sports clinic, Basketball Efficiency Scientific Training (BEST) Center, the 32nd SBP-Passerelle Twin Tournament is supported by MILO, in cooperation with Rain or Shine Elasto Paints, Chris Sports, and SKLZ. BEST Center provides a venue for young cagers to apply what they learned in basketball training and showcase their skills.
BEST Center is a Hall of Famer of the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) for Grassroots Development and the only corporate recipient of the Olympism Award from the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).