THE BASKETBALL games of the 16th National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) will now be shown over Basketball TV and Solar Sports. Fans can now see their favorite varsities and players strut their hoops skills every Monday to Saturday from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM.
The landmark agreement was formalized recently in a contract signing between NAASCU Chairman Dr. Ernesto Jay G. Adalem and Head of Sports Acquisition and Network Development J. Paolo Diaz representing the league and the network respectively. Acting as witnesses were NAASCU Secretary General Harlem Ruiz of Philippine Merchant Marine School, Coach Ralph Emerson Rivera of Our Lady of Fatima and sportscaster Anthony E. Servinio.
Returning to the television panel for another season are Servinio, Noel Zarate and Coach Jude Roque with Jessica Constantino as courtside reporter. A number of surprise guest panelists and courtside reporters will be unveiled as the season progresses.
“We look forward to our partnership with BTV and Solar,” said Dr. Adalem. “This agreement covers not only basketball but it will also extend to our other events especially volleyball and cheerleading come the second semester of the current academic year.”
All games in the Seniors Division will be covered. The Juniors and Women’s Divisions will be televised beginning with their playoff rounds and championship series.
The 16th NAASCU will begin on August 25 with simple rites and a four-game bill at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City. An all-time high of 13 schools have confirmed their participation with basketball legend Matthew “Fritz” Gaston as the incoming commissioner.
No less than five schools will be making their debut this season consisting of Philippine Merchant Marine School, Colegio de San Lorenzo, Enderun Colleges, De Ocampo Memorial College and Manuel L. Quezon University as living proof of the NAASCU’s growth and progress. They will go head-on against the league’s established squads Saint Clare College of Caloocan, City University of Pasay, New Era University, Our Lady of Fatima University, Rizal Technological University, Philippine Christian University, AMA University and Lyceum of Subic Bay.
Basketball TV is available on Sky Cable Channel 33, Cignal HD Channel 81 and Destiny Cable Channel 54. Solar Sports can be seen on Sky Cable Channel 70, Cignal HD Channel 55, Destiny Cable Channel 35 and Cablelink Channel 58. Check your local cable operator for time and availability.