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Jose Rizal University set to host Season 90 of the NCAA

College of Saint Benilde officially turned over the hosting assignment to Jose Rizal University on Thursday at the CSB-Angelo King International Center in Manila.

Fr. Dennis Magbanua of CSB, who is also the representative of the school in the Policy Board, led the opening remarks. He acknowledged each member school for their active participation in Season 89 that led to a successful hosting of the Taft-based school.

Dr. Vincent K. Fabella, President of Jose Rizal University and the new Policy Board President this coming season announced the theme, “Today’s Heroes, Tomorrow’s Legends – NCAA @ 90: We Make History.”

Fabella announced that the opening of Season 90 would be on June 28, 2014. Like in their last hosting in 2007, Luis Miguel will be the art director for the opening day festivities preceding the Men’s Basketball Games on the 28th of June.

Jose Rizal University has also tapped the services of Bai Cristobal to take over the reigns of Joe Lipa as Commissioner this coming season. Cristobal, who steered San Sebastian to a Men’s Basketball title also mentored Perpetual Help in 2004 where they reached the finals but eventually lost to Philippine Christian University.

Cristobal, who is knowledgeable about the rules in the league and has a good track record, has been an assistant to former Commissioner Joe Lipa the past two years.

“This coming season, all teams are much stronger this year so we will definitely have a competitive tournament ahead,” said Fabella.

It was also announced that Season 90 would be the last year of Lyceum of the Philippines University and Emilio Aguinaldo College as Probationary Members. At the end of the season, they will be evaluated and eventually, be elevated as regular members by Season 91. Arellano University obtained their regular member status last Season 89.

With regards to the basketball season in 89 that almost ran for roughly six months, the NCAA positively gave their assurance that they are doing everything and considering options to follow a schedule that will not interfere with the second semester sports.

“As you all know, we supported the FIBA Asia basketball tournament last year. We had no games for 11 days to give way to FIBA Asia. We’re studying other options [with regards to scheduling] so we could wrap up the first semester sports especially basketball on time because the second semester is dedicated to second semester sports.” Said NCAA Season 90 Management Committee Chairman Paul Supan of Jose Rizal University.