92nd NCAA season set to start with four days of basketball

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Apr 06, 2016 06:27 PM
92nd NCAA season set to start with four days of basketball
FULL STEAM AHEAD. The NCAA has all the momentum heading to their historic centennial.

Rolling closer and closer into their centennial, the oldest collegiate league in the country is, indeed, only getting bigger and better.

Following a successful season highlighted by Colegio de San Juan de Letran’s return to the men’s basketball throne, the 92nd year of the NCAA begins with a bang on June 25 with a double-header at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Out to top last year’s hyper-competitive tournament, a favorite is yet to emerge heading into the new season. Both the defending champion Knights and reigning runner-up San Beda College will have to deal with key losses and the race is wide open for Bright Akhuetie (University of Perpetual Help) and Jiovani Jalalon (Arellano University) to make noise.

Unlike last year, however, the 92nd season will have four gamedays instead of three. Seniors matchups will still be played on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays while Mondays will be reserved for the Juniors division.

The San Juan Arena will still serve as venue for majority of the matches while the MOA Arena will accommodate crucial contests.

San Beda has been tabbed to host the festivities for next season. “We look forward with so much eagerness to be the hosts of the NCAA season,” incoming league chairman Fr. Aloy Maranan said.

The Mendiola community came up with the theme “Sports build character: Achieving breakthroughs at NCAA 92.”

Maranan said that the league is set to make more announcements after the first official board meeting on April 20. Then, Andy Jao is expected to be introduced as commissioner for basketball.

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