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Out to make a name; newest amateur cage league FilBasket opens soon

Oct 14, 2021, 5:43 AM
Nicole Pulido

Nicole Pulido

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FilBasket founder Jai Reyes said he hopes to form a sustainable league that will promote honesty and Filipino basketball culture and erase the rise of game-fixing incidents that have been plaguing the competence of basketball leagues in the country lately.

FOR sure, the Philippines is overflowing with young basketball talents which would explain the mushrooming of various leagues in various areas of the nation.

And one of the latest amateur yet highly-competitive basketball tournament to be formed in the country is Filipino Basketball League (FilBasket).

It aims to create a league for basketball players of any level, including collegiate and national team members.

Its core mission is to provide a stable, long-term, and inclusive amateur competition on the court for aspiring and talented young players.

FilBasket was founded by former Ateneo de Manila University player Jai Reyes.

Reyes said he was inspired by his past experiences playing in multiple leagues locally and internationally.

Reyes hopes to form a sustainable league that will promote honesty and Filipino basketball culture as the rise of game-fixing incidents have been plaguing the competence of basketball leagues in the country.

“Given this pandemic, there’s been a lot of players, athletes in general, who are out of jobs and are eager to get back on the court.” said Reyes.
“We didn’t really have a chance to learn anything new to provide for our careers and means of living. So that’s the main advocacy of FilBasket right now for our inaugural tournament.”

Though there is still no official opening date for the FilBasket, the inaugural year is nearing as they recently secured the Splendido Taal Country Club as the location of the league’s bubble.

Reyes assured that the FilBasket will have guaranteed health and safety protocols that will be strictly implemented both for the players and staff.

COVID-19 testing will be done before, during, and even upon the exit from the bubble.

There will be 11 teams competing in the upcoming FilBasket league.

Among these teams are the 7A Primus, EOG Sports Burlington, Davao Occidental Tigers, FSD Makati Army, Muntinlupa Defenders, MJAS Zenith,Pasig City-Sta. Lucia Realtors, San Juan Knights, Puma-Medical Depot, Bacoor Strikers, and MTrans Buracai De Laiya Batangas City.

This is a good opportunity for basketball players from all levels that have the will to compete in a competitive league.

The league will feature top players from the semi-pro commercial division and amateur players coming from collegiate and school levels.

Some remarkable players who already committed in the league are Rhenz Abando, Ael Banal, Jun Manzo, and Larry Rodriguez.

Tags: #basketball, #newleague, #FilBasket, #hopeforyoungplayers


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