MANILA — Luzon will be fielding 14 teams to the 2019 Chooks-to-Go SM NBTC League national finals.
NCAA, MMBL, and UAAP powerhouses Mapua University, San Beda University, National University, La Salle Green Hills, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Ateneo de Manila University, Hope Christian Academy, and Far Eastern University-Diliman all made the cut.
Also joining them are teams from Lyceum of the Philippines University-Cavite and University of Baguio which are powerhouses in their respective regions.
The Cavite-based Junior Pirates have turned into threats in the NCAA behind homegrown stars such as Mac Guadana and John Barba.
The Red Robins from Baguio, meanwhile, will be making a second straight trip to the 32-team tournament.
Also making a return to the national championship for high school teams are Binan, Laguna’s University of Perpetual Help System JONELTA and Legazpi, Albay’s Sto. Domingo National High School.
Narvacan Central National High School from Candon, Ilocos Sur; Isabela Colleges from Cauayan, Isabela; St. Augustine Institute from Floridablanca, Pampanga; and Calayan Educational Foundation from Lucena, Quezon will be making their debuts in the in the week-long showcase of the most promising young talent in the country.
The Luzon qualifiers will wage war with 18 other teams in the annual NBTC League nationals from March 18 to 24 at the MOA Arena.
Last year, NU was crowned king of Division 1 while La Salle Lipa ruled Division 2.
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