By: Graham C. Lim, August 8, 2018
For the first time in a decade, Santa Rosa city will co-host the side event of the 10th Asian University Basketball Championship (AUBC) from November 18 to 23. Official venue at San Andres Sports Complex in Manila.
Six collegiate teams, including a pair of foreign entries from the People’s Republic of China and Japan, are taking part in the prestigious regional competitions to be held at the tradition-steeped Santa Rosa Stadium and San Andres Sports Complex.
The local participants will be spearheaded by the top schools from the Laguna Colleges Universities Athletic Association (LACUAA) and other regional club.
A University of the People’s Republic of China and a University of Japan, both countries which had won AUBC champions, will be around to test the mettle of the best collegiate squads from different regional collegiate from the North and South.
This was in cooperation with the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) in Laguna Provincial Chapter represented by Leonardo Andres Sr. with the Asian University Basketball Federation (AUBF) Secretary-General Alvin Kwong and witnessed by BAP Board Secretary Ruel Roa Daba.
Muongji University of Korea topped the 4th AUBC tournament hosted by Dumaguete City in 2005.
Huaqiao University, on the other hand, whipped local bet University of the Visayas (powered by a young Greg Slaughter) during the 6th AUBC finals held in Cebu City in 2008. An international school, Huaqiao is located in Xiamen, China and has been supportive of AUBF activities since 2005.
In 2011, Guangdong University of PROC bested a Taiwanese squad to annex the crown at the Bintulu Stadium in Sarawak, Malaysia. The following year, the University of the East Red Warriors, led by Roi Sumang, Chris Javier and Cameroonian import Charles Mammie, ascended to the AUBC throne in hostilities held at the Trinity University of Asia in Quezon City and participated in by foreign schools Hangtuah University of Indonesia and Universiti Technologi MARI of Malaysia.
Honorable government officials from Laguna Provinces will be the guest speaker during the AUBC opening ceremony.
Prominent sports personalities invited to grace the opening are Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (FESSAP) president Baldomero Estenzo, BAP president Prof. Robert Milton Calo, AUBF President Shin Dong Pa, AUBF secretary-general and deputy secretary general, Alvin Kwong and Park Hyun Mo, respectively, and LACUAA Chairman Leonardo Andres Sr.
All-time Korean cage great Shin Dong Pa and Park Hyun Mo will accompany the Muongji University team to Cebu City. Muongji, whose head coach is Kim Nam Ki, seeks to duplicate its championship finish nine years ago.
AUBC Organizing Committee in coordination with the Asian University Basketball Federation (AUBF) and the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP), which is recognized by the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (FESSAP). (gcl)