The country’s first inter-high school alumni basketball league kicked off during the weekend with Columban College Dolphins defeating St. James Cavaliers 83-76 in a grueling inaugural match that lasted for 2 hours at the Subic Bay Basketball gym.
Four games were held in opening day of the Olongapo Zambales shools’ Alumni Basketball Association (OZSABA) with Columban College and Olongapo City National High School (OCNHS) sweeping their first two matches.
”This league is unique because here it is the alumni who are fighting for school pride. More than just supporting their varsity teams, the alumni are sweating it out on the basketball floor,’ Jong Cortez, chairman of OZSABA explained.
Among the schools who participated in the league are Christ the King High School Saviors, Columban College Dolphins, Gordon Heights National High School Highlanders, Olongapo City National High School Jacksonians, Olongapo Wesley School Blue Titans, St. James School Cavaliers, St. Anthony School Anthonian Knights and St. Joseph College Saints.
A unique feature of the league is the Pasarel system of play. Pasarel allows teams only six players to play in each quarter with each player limited to playing on two quarters for the entire game.
There is no substitution limit in the fourth quarter, except for the two quarter playing time per player rule. ”It give all teams a chance to win games and puts the burden of winning on coaching staff and their strategy. The system also secures substantial playing time for all the members of the team,’Cesar Lobos, OZSABA commissioner, said.
The OZSABA has three divisions, namely: FIBA (gradauted 1990 and below), Seniors (graduated 1991 to 2001) and Juniors (graduated 2002 to 2012). Raul Marcelo, deputy administrator of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) welcomed all the participants.
”We are very happy to host the country’s first inter school alumni league. This underscores the value that SBMA gives to sports as a community activity,” Marcelo said.
The 1st OZSABA Conference is supported by V8 Design Studio, SM City Olongapo, John Graphics Imaging, Tiva’s Bakery & Pastries, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Transportation & Communications Department, SBMA Tourism Department, K-Lite 96.7FM and www.subicupdater.com.