RAISING THE BAR

SBP leadership takes Davao collegiate hoops to new level

CHAMPIONS. 2019 Escandor Cup Collegiate Sponsors League champion Agro Sailors with Presidential Adviser for Sports and Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas regional director Glenn Escandor and executive officer Ronel Leuterio. The Sailors along with dethroned champion Holy Cross of Davao College Crusaders and MATS Navigators will qualify to the upcoming PCCL Mindanao Finals on February 2. CSL photo

Davao City’s basketball landscape has transformed dramatically.

From the days where only a handful watch the games played in campus covered courts, collegiate basketball in Davao City has turned up notches high. Now playing in major venues in the city that are filled by adoring fans to the rafters and a live video online coverage at that, things are really looking up.

The roadmap was built by visionary and dedicated basketball patron Glenn Escandor, who was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte to be his sports adviser aside from being the region’s director for the Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas (SBP).

The past three years have seen a remarkable change in the collegiate basketball scene.

“It’s a product of long-term planning and commitment. When we prepared the roadmap, we asked for everyone to be part of this program. Now, we are getting there,” said Escandor who envisioned Davao City to have a UAAP-type basketball competition.

On Saturday, Agro Industrial Foundation Colleges proved the balance of power in the Collegiate Sponsors League exists as the Sailors took away the title from the grasp of Holy Cross of Davao College in a thrilling finale that had fans from both sides turning up the intensity inside the jampacked Davao City Recreation Center.

The Sailors along with dethroned champion Holy Cross of Davao College Crusaders and MATS Navigators will qualify to the upcoming PCCL Mindanao Finals on February 2.