Philippine Star - BAP stages Asian University Basketball Sept. 25

The ninth Asian University Basketball Championship for men will be staged in Manila Sept. 25 -29, with kickoff games to be held at the Trinity University of Asia (TUA) gym along E. Rodriguez Avenue, Quezon City.

 The Basketball Association of the Philippines is holding the competition in cooperation with the Asian University Basketball Federation (AUBF).

The last championship was held in Bintulo, Malaysia in June last year, with Guangdong University of the People’s Republic of China the champion and the University of the East finishing third.

Three foreign teams – Chodang University of Korea, Universiti Teknologi MARA of Malaysia, and an Indonesian squad – will mix it up with host Trinity University of Asia (TUA), National Students Championship winner Maria College, Cavite Athletic Association of the Philippines (CAAP) titlist De La Salle University- Dasmariñas and two other schools.

AUBF president Shin Dong Pa from Korea will grace the opening ceremony in conjunction with the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (FESSAP) headed by David Ong and the office of Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, BAP president and chairman of the Senate Committee on Sports and Competiveness.

Invited to attend the opening ceremonies are Antonio Tiu, chef de mission of the Philippine contingent to the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia in July 2013.

Under the tournament format, eight teams will be split into Group A and B in a   single round robin in the elimination phase.

The top two squads from each group will play in a crossover semifinal round, with the winners clashing in the one-game final. The third-place game will feature the two semifinal losers.

The tournament will be governed by FIBA rules.

The technical committee will be headed by Gil Reglo, with Roderick Robles, Fructuso Raytos, and Kenneth Mendoza as members.