The SBP/Passerelle Twin Tournament, the country’s most prestigious interschool basketball competition for kids, officially opened its 30th season at the Xavier School at Fr. Rafael Cortina Gym in Greenhills, San Juan. Organized by the Basketball Efficiency and Scientific Training (BEST) Center, the tournament will run for three months with kids 9-11 years old playing for the Small Basketeers Philippines (SBP) championship and kids 12-14 years old competing for the Passerelle title. This year’s season promises exciting play-offs with over a thousand players from 150 teams from NCR, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao competing for the coveted championship trophy. Defending their titles is Xavier School for the SBP category and the University of Visayas for the Passerelle category. Gracing the event are Batang Gilas players and BEST Center graduates Mike and Matt Nieto, leading the ceremonial toss.