The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) will continue the tradition of bringing decades of pride to the Philippines, at the opening of the NCAA Season ’94 happening on July 7, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Metro Manila, which will be seen outside the Philippines via The Filipino Channel’s (TFC) different platforms in most countries worldwide.
NCAA has produced world-class athletes in the likes of Carlos Loyzaga, product of San Beda University, who has been part of the Olympics twice as a player of the Philippines’ men’s national basketball team. There was also Lauro Mumar, a product of San Juan de Letran University, who also represented the country internationally by being part of the national team that participated in the 1954 FIBA World Championship where the Philippines took home a bronze medal.
At present, there are former NCAA players who are making waves in the country and internationally. One is Scottie Thompson from the University of Perpetual Help and now player for Barangay Ginebra San Miguel at the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). He was part of the national team who competed at the Southeast Asian Games and SEABA Championship in 2015 where the teams won both the country gold medals.
Baser Amer from the San Beda University and now with the PBA team Meralco Bolts, also earmarked a page of sporting history when he competed for the national team in 2015 and 2017 at the Southeast Asian Games where the team brought home gold medals in both years.
As the NCAA Season ’94 opens, the prestigious competition continues to highlight each team’s notable athletes who are set to prove that the #GalingNCAA (skillful NCAA athlete) is equipped to make history.
Witness San Beda University Red Lions defend their consecutive title win against the nine other schools vying for the championship: Arellano University Chiefs, Colegio de San Juan de Letran Knights, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Blazers, Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers, Lyceum of the Philippine University Pirates, Mapua University Cardinals, San Sebastian College-Recoletos Stags, and University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Altas.
The first game of the season will be between the Red Lions and the Altas, the host school this season. The latter is now trained by the former’s previous coach Frankie Lim. Meanwhile the second game will be a face-off between the Pirates and the Stags.
The opening ceremonies will commence at 12 n.n. (Manila time), with the first game happening at 2 p.m. (Manila time), and the second game at 4:00 p.m. (Manila time).
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