NCRAA The new season of the National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) was the topic in last Tuesday’ s PSA Forum. Photo shows Hazel Mean of LPU- Laguna, Juanita Alamillo of CEU, Mary Grace Demetillo of SDCA, Dr. Gregorio A. Andaman Jr., President of SDCA and Golden Arable Farm, Mara Vicente, Accounting Head of Bestlink College, Mariecris Macasaet and Chloe Mamon of Immaculada Conception College; and Eddieson Orcullo of Olivares College, Gerry Sergio of DLSU-D, Anthony Villadelgado of EAC-Cavite, Joseph Ortega of PMMS, Benjamin Hernandez of PATTS, Buddy Encarnado, NCRAA General Manager, Edwin Punio of BCP, Ted Cada of AIMS, VP Doni Lleno of Bestlink and Jack Vidal of University of Luzon.

SBP exec is special guest in NCRAA opening

February 28, 2024 People's Tonight 176 views

SAMAHANG Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) Executive Director Erica Dy serves as the special guest of honor when the National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) ushers its 30th season on Friday at the Philsports Arena.

Dy will be the honorary speaker during the 11 a.m. opening ceremony that follows the tipoff between University of Luzon and La Salle Dasmarinas.

NCRAA General Manager Buddy Encarnado told the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum the three-decade league is looking to strengthen its partnership with the country’s governing body for basketball as an avenue of discovering new local talent.

“We want to make sure that we have better options, that the basketball industry and NCRAA continue to do our best to discover, if I may emphasized homegrown talent, so we can now truly say we can contribute to the Gilas Pilipinas program,” said Encarnado, former PBA chairman and team governor of Sta. Lucia, while mentioning the likes of brothers Ranidel and Yancy de Ocampo, Marc Pingris, Gary David, and Vic Manuel as among those prominent products of the league who went on and served the national team.

“Basically, we want to become a vibrant partner of SBP. We want to ensure that we develop new faces, discover talent from far-flung places. I go around and try to see if there will be some students who can take advantage of the scholarships that schools are offering and at the same time, give life to their dream to become a basketball star,” Encarnado added, while emphasizing the league’s no-foreign player policy.

NCRAA president and Professor Mary Grace Demetillo (St. Dominic College of Asia), Benjamin Hernandez (PATTS College of Aeronautics), Hazel Mea (Lyceum University of the Philippines-Laguna), Engr. Ted Cada (AIMS), and Chloe Mamon (Immaculada Concepcion Colleges) joined Encarnado in the session presented by San Miguel Corporation, Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Olympic Committee, PLDT/Smart, MILO, and the 24/7 sports app in the country, ArenaPlus.

Defending champion Immaculada Concepcion Colleges opens its title defense against Asian Institute of Maritime Studies (AIMS) in the 3 p.m. main game shortly after the 1 p.m. tussle between St. Dominic College of Asia and Bestlink College of the Philippines.

Other schools participating this season are PATTS College of Aeronautics, Lyceum of the Philippines-Laguna, Olivarez College, Emilio Aguinaldo College-Cavite, and Philippine Marine Merchant School.

Aside from basketball, men and women’s volleyball will also be played along with women’s basketball, e-sports, badminton, chess, table tennis, and women’s beach volleyball, an event which the NCRAA pioneered in the collegiate ranks.

Format of the basketball competition, according to Encarnado, is a single round robin, with the top eight schools advancing to the crossover quarterfinals (1 vs. 8, 2 vs 7, 3 vs. 6, and 4 vs 5).

The semifinals is also a crossover competition, while the finals will be a best-of-three series.

This season’s theme is ‘Exceeding Sports Beyond Boarders.’

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