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Ten tough teams brace for PSSBC tiff
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Article from PhilStar: http://www.philstar.com/sportsarticle.aspx?articleid=863162&publicationsubcategoryid=69 

MANILA, Philippines - With the 10 teams all geared up for the battle, the first Philippine Secondary SchoolsBasketball Championship (PSSBC) is going to be a sure-fire hit, according to Dioceldo Sy, one of the league’s board members.

“Judging from the preparations the teams have taken for the tournament, I’m very sure this is going to be successful,” said Sy of Blackwater Sports. “All the elements are there, the bragging rights and the rivalries among the country’s premier schools.”

The league, put up as training ground for top high school players in preparation for their collegiate stint, opens shop on Saturday with a quadruple bill at The Arena in San Juan.

“You can see there the future of Philippine basketball so I’m sure basketball fans will love to see them before strutting their wares either in the UAAP or NCAA,” said the vice chair of the league.

San Beda College, fresh from winning its fourth straight and a record 20th overall championship in the NCAA, has been installed as the team to beat along with UAAP titlist Far Eastern University and Tiong Lian champion Chiang Kai Shek College.

Also taking part in the weekend-only tournament are multi-titled Ateneo, University of Santo Tomas and National University from UAAP, San Sebastian College and Letran from NCAA and Hope Christian High School and Xavier School from Tiong Lian.

League chairman Dr. Cecilio Pedro of Hapee Toothpaste said he’s hoping to expand the league next year and invite the best teams from Visayas and Mindanao.

Aside from Hapee Toothpaste and Blackwater Sports, also supporting the event are  Jumbo Plastic Linoleum, Wrangler, Dickies Underwear, MEC Networks, Ironcon Builders, and Welcoat House Paints.

Games during the opening and finals will be televised through the support of Davies Paints and Bon Chon Chicken.