Got Skills to double down on school-based tournaments in fourth year

ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 02, 2018 06:12 PM
Got Skills to double down on school-based tournaments
Milcu Sports Basketball presented by Got Skills will strive to be a venue for even more school-based competitions [IN PHOTO: Paul Cusi, Milcu Sports vice president (L), Allen Ricardo, Milcu Got Skills tournament director (R)]

With the collegiate season coming closer and closer, just about everybody is excited to witness how both the NCAA and UAAP wars shake up.

In the NCAA, dynastic San Beda is set to be challenged by new upstart Lyceum and old-time rival Letran.

Meanwhile, in the UAAP, the throne of Ateneo will be threatened by fierce foe La Salle as well as resurgent UP and NU.

With the NCAA opening just three months away and the UAAP wars erupting in five months, all of these teams are already hard at work in preparing.

And all of them are spending time preparing in tournaments organized by Milcu Sports Basketball presented by Got Skills.

Now in its fourth year, Milcu Got Skills takes pride in having been part of the coming together of many collegiate teams. “The past three years, we have had so much success. A lot of the major teams are playing in the tournament and they are satisfied kaya nga they keep coming back,” company vice president Paul Cusi said.

Through the years, the Milcu Got Skills has been the venue for the gearing up of collegiate champions like Jeron Teng and La Salle and more recently, coach Tab Baldwin’s Blue Eagles.

That in itself proves how teams value the opportunity to sharpen their saws before their respective leagues. “Our proudest moments have to be when the top teams and the top players join our tournament. With those, we know Milcu Got Skills is here to stay,” Cusi expressed.

Here to stay, and here to grow.

Although Milcu Got Skills already averages a dozen teams in its Seniors tournaments, it is nothing but determined to increase that number. “We keep adding more teams through the years and now, we’re still looking for more partnerships, more teams,” Cusi shared.

He then continued, “Actually, meron din naman kaming vision na kumuha ng provincial teams. We know marami dyang provincial teams na willing to compete.”

All of this, all in line with Milcu’s vision of youth development through sports. As Cusi put it, “We believe in developing the youth through sports. What we aim is to inspire confidence and promote sportsmanship among young Filipinos.”

That is why, aside from its backbone of school-based events such as the Summer Showcase from April to June, Elite Showcase from July to October, and the Hard to Guard Showcase from November to March, Milcu Got Skills’ doors remain open for club teams. “Dati, magkasama ang school-based and club teams, pero now, we’ve decided na ihiwalay na sila kasi magkaiba talaga yung competition sa kanila,” tournament director Allen Ricardo said.

He then continued, “That is why we now have seven events in a year. That just means more opportunities for parehong school-based and club teams.”

Interested club teams may join the 5-on-5 Got Game 1st Conference from April to May, the 5-on-5 Got Game 2nd Conference from July to September, the 5-on-5 Got Game 3rd Conference from November to February, or the 3x3 Showcase in December.

Indeed, all in all, now in its fourth year, Milcu Got Skills has built up a bigger stage for school-based and club teams alike.

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