Due to the quick rise of the Smart Breakdown Basketball Invitationals since its inception in 2015, the said grassroots basketball league will be organizing its first national tournament on March 13-18.
The national tournament was launched on Tuesday during a press conference at the Moro Lorenzo Sports Center inside the Ateneo High School grounds in Quezon City.
Five teams will compete in the U-12 division, while six squads will compete in the U-17 division.
Xavier, one of the country’s best grassroots basketball programs, will be sending its U-12 and U-17 teams to the national tourneys even as the team will try to defend its home court as the rest of the event, including the playoffs, will happen at the Jacinto Tiu Court of the said school in San Juan City.
Joining Xavier in the U-12 division are Assumption College of Davao, Bukidnon Faith Christian School, St. Thomas Moore Academy, and San Miguel Elementary School.
Meanwhile, ICA, which according to Breakdown official Gil Salandanan will be bringing in the core of its NCAA lineup last year, will pose a challenge to Xavier in the U-17 division even as Centerphil Montessori, Philippine Academy of Sakya, Southern Philippines College, and Montessori De San Ildefonso could be in for a surprise in the high school division.
However, John Sy, the basketball program head of the Golden Stallions, confirmed that Batang Gilas player Miguel Tan will suit up for them in the U-17 tournament. PNA