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Starting this year, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) will implement the new numbering system already put in place by FIBA or the International Basketball Federation.
NCAA Management Committee chairman Jose Mari Lacson of San Beda on Friday said the league board has approved the use of numbers 00 to 99 for the 92nd season, which opens on June 25 at the MOA Arena in Pasay City.
San Beda will be hosting Season 92.
“This is in line with the FIBA rules on jersey numbers and the NCAA will implement it this season,” said Lacson in a statement.
Prior to this new policy, the league allowed only numbers starting from No. 4 to as high as No. 18, depending on the number of players allowed by the league to be fielded by participating teams.
Now, players will have more numbers to choose from.
The decision also came after San Beda’s decision to retire the No. 14 jersey of the late Filipino basketball great and alumnus Carlos “Caloy” Loyzaga during the opening of the league.
Defending champion Letran will renew its rivalry with last year’s losing finalist San Beda in the 4 p.m. main game on opening day.
The double-header will also feature a showdown between Jose Rizal and Mapua, which both made it to the Final Four in the last season, at 2 p.m.
Andy Jao is the new commissioner, taking over from Arturo “Bai” Cristobal.
Organizers also promised a big opening number that will be choreographed by Roxanne Lapus and directed by Douglas Nierras to jumpstart the season set to unfold at 12:30 p.m.
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