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Guest teams given chance to vie for NCAA titles

June 3, 2009 8:08pm

MANILA, Philippines – A guest team in the 85th season of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) could be the next champion in the league’s six regular events, including basketball.

According to NCAA Management Committee chairman Jose Mari Lacson of San Beda Arellano University, Emilio Aguinaldo College and Angeles University Foundation were given equal opportunities to vie for the title of other events like volleyball, football, track and field, swimming and cheerdance.

“Guest teams usually are not given the opportunity to compete for the championship," Lacson said. “But the league wants to be competitive. And if we want to improve the level of the game and in order to do this, Mancom ruled that guest teams can win the championship."

Lacson added that the result of Arellano, EAC and AUF’s showing in the six sports that they would compete in in the league would reflect on their application as a regular NCAA member. “Their showings will definitely improve their chances of being accepted in the NCAA."

Lacson also said that the opening ceremonies for the league’s 2009 season will be on June 27 at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Red Lions will be focusing on its fourth consecutive title in basketball, which will be managed by Aric Del Rosario as tournament commissioner.

Basketball matches are scheduled to be played at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan while other sports events will be held at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.

The NCAA has singed a partnership agreement with the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) through its chairman Harry Angping. – Perry Legaspi, GMANews.TV