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12 teams in Guv’s 5×5 hoops tourney

The Negros Occidental Provincial Government and the Provincial Sports Office continue preparations for the upcoming Governor’s Cup 5X5 Basketball Tournament (A Tribute to Dodong Bascon’s Contributions to Negros Basketball) this November with a final meeting with the coaches of the participating teams and PSO head Anthony Carlo Agustin today.

Agustin, together with PSO Basketball Sports Coordinator Coach Arvin Custer Gustilo revealed there will be a total of 12 participating teams instead of the previously announced eight slots. Participants were added because many LGUs expressed interest in joining the tournament.

Among the teams that confirmed participation were Cadiz City, Dumaguete City, Talisay City, University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R), and Collegio de San Agustin-Bacolod (CSA-B). These teams were placed in the Bracket A category.

For Bracket B, the teams included were Silay City, La Consolacion College (LCC), STI-West Negros University (STI-WNU), and Bago City. Three more teams – La Carlota City, Escalante City, and the Warriors have also expressed their intention to join the tournament and they are set to be bracketed during the meeting. 

The coaches of the respective teams were required to submit PSA Birth Certificates, vaccine cards, and waivers on the deadline set during the meeting. The locations of the ballgames will also be discussed.

Moreover, each participating team was also requested to have a muse that will represent and accompany the team during the opening ceremony, scheduled in Talisay City on November 12 at 1 p.m.

The Governor’s Cup 5X5 Basketball Tournament is one of the Abanse Negrense Sports Programs slated for the last quarter of 2022. The competitions are part of the grassroots sports development initiative spearheaded by Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson.

The tournament is also organized in memory of the late Oscar “Dodong” Bascon, who was deemed one of the pillars of basketball in Negros Occidental.

According to the press release, Lacson and the PSO are hoping the tournament will serve as a developmental tool in teaching values, life skills and principles, and serve as a pathway for developing teamwork, leadership, trust, play ethics, camaraderie, sportsmanship, goodwill, and discipline.*

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