The NLEX Corporation opens today, April 14, its first NLEX Basketball Cup at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center in San Fernando City.
Gracing the opening ceremonies are NLEX Corporation senior vice president for tollways development and engineering Raul Ignacio and senior vice president for communication and stakeholder management Romulo Quimbo Jr., with Pampanga local officials led by Vice Governor Dennis Pineda as guest of honor.
The tournament is envisioned to serve as a venue to promote sportsmanship and develop homegrown basketball talents from the different provinces of North and Central Luzon.
The NLEX Corporation, the franchise owner of the NLEX Road Warriors currently playing in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), intends to holistically support the well-being of residents in NLEX-SCTEX communities by engaging them in sports, particularly basketball. The company has been a staunch advocate of sports that reflect its core values such as integrity, teamwork, and excellence.
Expected to foster wellness and camaraderie among local players, the NLEX Basketball Cup will be headed by NLEX Road Warriors coaches Yeng Guiao and Jojo Lastimosa.
Participants of the NLEX Basketball Cup are 18 teams, composed of 19 years old and under, representing various towns of the province. The teams are divided into two clusters—Cluster A consists of Lubao, Mabalacat, Mexico, Masantol, Arayat, San Simon, Sasmuan, Magalang, and Porac, while Cluster B includes San Fernando, Minalin, Guagua, Sta. Rita, Apalit, Sta. Ana, Macabebe, Bacolor, and Floridablanca.
The 18 teams will compete in a single round-robin elimination with the top eight teams going to the crossover quarterfinals. The top four teams will advance to the semifinals, where the winners will face off in the knockout championship game.
Aside from trophies, top three winning teams will also get gift certificates. Special awards will also be given to promising individual players.
The tollway company is simultaneously conducting basketball clinics to its host communities in Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac and Bataan. The clinics, intended for boys ages 15 and below, aim to improve basic game skills, improve offensive and defensive positional play, learn basic strategies and rules of basketball, emphasize teamwork and fair play, as well as, provide them with productive activities during summer vacation.
The NLEX Corporation is a subsidiary of the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation, the leader in toll road development in the Philippines.