The kickoff of the inaugural season of the Filipino Basketball League (Filbasket), an amateur basketball confederation, will be held in a new venue in the Subic Bay Gymnasium.

/ 20 October 2021

FilBasket Commissioner Jai Reyes confirmed that the league already received a go signal from the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) to conduct its inaugural play-off there.

Subic is currently under the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) status.

Organizers had originally planned to conduct the tourney at Splendido Hotel in Laurel, Batangas first on September 18 and later on September 25, however, government restrictions have prevented it from pushing through.

“We also want the league to start as soon as possible. The team is working hard to make this league a reality for everyone,” the league said in a statement. “Please standby for the announcement of the opening date, we have recently received the approval of the SBMA to start the league, and we’re in close coordination with the Regional IATF.”

The kickoff of the league will feature eleven clubs including Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) champions Davao Occidental Tigers – Cocolife and San Juan Knights – Go for Gold.

Pasig-Sta. Lucia Realtors, AICC Manila, Nueva Ecija Bespren, Burlington EOG Sports, 7A Primus, Muntinlupa Defenders, FSD Army – Makati, MTrans Buracai De Laiya – BCTA, and Medical Depot will also make action in the league.

The teams will play for a single round-robin elimination match-up from which the top four teams will qualify for the semi-finals round. The winners in the semis will square off for the championship.