SEAOIL Elite League fires up grassroots program

The focus might be on the upcoming national finals of SEAOIL Elite
League on May 22-25, but on the ling term, no less than Samahang
Basketball ng Pilipinas cited the benefits of the grassroots league.

SEAOIL Elite League executive director Eric Altamirano said that the
SBP executive director Renauld “Sonny” Barrios himself recently lauded
the league for coming up with a wholistic approach in identifying,
preparing and developing young players for youth national teams.

“We thank Mr. Barrios and the SBP for continuously recognizing the
SEAOIL Elite League’s aim to develop skills, build character and raise
leaders. We believe that these are important not only in making the
best players but also the best citizens of the country,”Altamirano,
who added that he hopes the SBP will continue to recognize the SEAOIL
Elite League as an integral basketball program.

When it was first established, the league’s objective was to create
learning environment opportunities for players to demonstrate and
enhance both their individual and team skills, to focus on skill
development rather than just winning, to serve as a pathway for the
players and coaches to move to a higher level competition.

“As we always say, the competition and the winning is only secondary
to the aim to produce the best players for both local and
international competitions,”Altamirano said as he invited basketball
fans to the 16-team national finals on May 22-25 at the West Negros
University Gym in Bacolod City.

Sixteen teams will battle for the SEAOIL Elite League national title
set on May 22-25 at the West Negros University Gym in Bacolod City
that is sponsored by SEAOIL Philippines, Burlington, Freego Jeans and
Molten under the Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas.

Competing teams are San Mig Coffee Cavite,B-Meg Lucena , Magnolia
Fresh Chicken Bulacan, Magnolia Ice Cream La Union, Star Margarine
Olongapo, Star Margarine Dumaguete, Purefoods TJ Cebu and Bacolod, San
Mig Coffee Bacolod, Magnolia Ice Cream Iloilo,  B-MEG Ormoc, Star
Margarine Zamboanga, Magnolia Ice Cream Gen San, Purefoods TJ Davao,
Monterey Meatshop CDO and San Mig Coffee Iligan.

The top two teams after the one round elimination will to the finals
for a winner-take-all match.

The participating teams were products of the said training module that
focused on fundamentals while coaches also benefited from regular
coaching seminars.PR

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