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17th UniGames kicks off today

The Ateneo de Manila University men’s basketball team and the University of St. La Salle women’s volleyball squad start their bid for a back-to-back title as the 17th Sandugo-University Games kicks off today at the University of St. La Salle in Bacolod City.

The Blue Eagles, with Kieffer Ravena in the lineup, will be facing the University of San Jose Recoletos (Cebu) in the noon game at the USLS Coliseum, while the Lady Stingers will play against De La Salle-College of St. Benilde, 10 a.m. at the USLS Covered Court.

The AdMU-USJR game will follow after the 10:30 a.m. match-up between the USLS Stingers and the Atedeo de Davao University, while the University of the East Warriors and the University of Northern Philippines will open this year’s men’s basketball competition at 7:30 a.m., followed by the tussle between University of San Agustin (Iloilo) and the Polytechnic University of the Philippines at 9 a.m.

Women’s basketball games will also start at the West Negros University Gym with St. Louis University of Baguio taking on Rizal Technological University at 8 a.m., while Lyceum University will test the strength of their rivals from the University of Sto. Tomas at 9:30 a.m., followed by the game between last year runner-up Adamson University against Ateneo de Davao.

UAAP men’s basketball runner-up UST Growling Tigers are also scheduled to play at the WNU Gym at 12:30 p.m. today followed by game between Adamson and Colegio de la Purisima Concepcion (Capiz) at 2 p.m.

UniGames 2011 runner-up WNU Mustangs start their bid for the title this year with a match against Southwestern University (Cebu) at 3:30 p.m. At the CSA-B Gym, the San Agustin Eagles will play against Hercor College (Capiz) at 12:30 p.m.

With 23 schools fielding an entry in men’s basketball and 12 in the women’s side, tournament officials decided to tap four venues for the games – USLS Coliseum, WNU Gym, CSA-B Gym, and Bacolod Tay Tung High School.

UniGames president Roger Banzuela said they will need to the four venues during the eliminations while the championship game will be held at the USLS Coliseum.

To regulate the crowd inside the basketball venues and raise funds for the UniGames, Banzuela said they will collect P20 for ringside seats and P10 for the bleachers. Except basketball, all other events are free to the public.

Also set to start today are football competitions at the USLS pitch, Panaad Stadium, and the Talisay North Point – LRY Football Field.

Lawn tennis and table tennis events will start tomorrow at the USLS Tennis Court and in Lopue’s Mandalagan, respectively, while athletics, badminton, chess, and karatedo will start on Wednesday in different venues.

Athletics will be staged at the Panaad Stadium, while Pohan Badminton Court is the venue for badminton competition. Chess will be played at the USLS Santuario de La Salle, and karatedo at the second level of Robinsons Place.

Seeing action in this year’s edition of the UniGames are 51 universities and colleges from different provinces all over the country, with each school vying for the top honors in 13 sporting events –athletics, badminton, basketball, chess, football, karatedo, lawn tennis, sepak takraw, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, volleyball, and beach volleyball.*NAB

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