RAIN OR Shine, the country’s top elastomeric paint, is now the title sponsor of the Sumilang Invitational Basketball Tournament. The 10-team summer league fires off Wednesday afternoon (April 19) at the Sumilang Covered Court in Pasig City with four games that are sure to deliver a new level of excitement.
This was announced by tournament lead organizer Buddy Encarnado at Tuesday’s Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum at the Golden Phoenix Hotel in Pasay City. “I am thankful to Rain Or Shine for their help in bringing top notch collegiate basketball to our barangay,” said the former PBA Chairman who was joined by National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities Secretary General Harlem Ruiz.
Reigning NAASCU champion Saint Clare College of Caloocan will usher in hostilities against Technological Institute of the Philippines at 1:00 PM. Then, it will be the turn of Universities, Colleges and Schools Athletic Association (UCSAA) champion Manuel L. Quezon University to test the mettle of NAASCU runner-up Our Lady of Fatima University at 3:00 PM.
National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) runner-up De Ocampo Memorial College will then play City University of Pasay at 5:00 PM while the nightcap will be between Philippine Merchant Marine School and AMA University at 7:00 PM. Drawing opening day byes are Men’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (MNCAA) and Universities and Colleges Basketball League (UCBL) champion Centro Escolar University and Philippine Christian University.
The ten varsities have been divided into two groups of five and will play a single round robin among themselves for four games each. The top four in each group will advance to the knockout crossover quarterfinals with the winners progressing to the semifinals and eventually the championship game on April 27 (Thursday).
As a bonus, a PBA Legends Game will be held immediately after the championship game. All these activities are part of the grand parish celebration to mark the 400th death anniversary of their patroness Saint Rose of Lima and held in cooperation with the NAASCU.
Among the names enumerated by Encarnado as having confirmed their participation include former PBA MVP’s Alvin Patrimonio, Johnny Abarrientos and Kenneth Duremdes plus Alvin Teng and Marlou Aquino. Also expected to suit up are former players of Santa Lucia Realty, the franchise Encarnado managed during his PBA days.
Admission to all games is free.