NCAA to impose tight security in school-based matches

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 20, 2017 06:03 PM
NCAA to impose tight security in school-based matches
Strict security measures will be imposed in school-based basketball matches according to the NCAA management committee.

The NCAA management committee will enforce tight security for school-based basketball matches that will serve as a new feature of the league's 93rd season starting on July 8. 

“We will address that issue,” said San Sebastian Fr. Glynn Ortega, OAR, during Tuesday’s Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum at the Golden Phoenix Hotel in Pasay City. 

Joining the San Sebastian official in the sports forum sponsored by San Miguel Corp. Golden Phoenix Hotel, Accel, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. were Peter Cayco of Arellano and Col. Jeff Tamayo of Perpetual Help. 

Tamayo, who served as security officer for then President Joseph Estrada, said tighter security will be in place during school-based games where emotions may run high. 

“It’s part of the set-up. We have drawn up safe areas for the players and the fans, and road maps inside the campuses hosting the games,” he said. 

For the first time, the NCAA will hold matches in schools that are capable of hosting the games and accommodating the fans, including those from visiting teams. 

Ortega said there will be a limit on the number of fans from visiting teams.

This league will carry three-game schedules at neutral venues on Tuesdays and Fridays, and one-game schedules on Thursdays in any of the seven schools capable of hosting matches. 

The opening matches on July 8 at the Mall of Asia Arena will feature defending champion San Beda against San Sebastian at 2:00 p.m. then Arellano against Mapua at 4:00 p.m.

The other competing schools are Letran, St. Benilde, Mapua, Lyceum, Perpetual Help and Emilio Aguinaldo College.

San Sebastian College is this year’s host.

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