National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) management committee chairman Frank Gusi of host University of Perpetual Help Dalta System yesterday announced the postponement of all games of the 94th NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre today due to inclement weather.
The Altas are supposed to play College of Saint Benilde at 2 pm while Arellano University is set to face reigning champion San Beda College in the 4 pm featured encounter in seniors division.
The league, however, decided to call off the schedule to prioritize the safety of the athletes and their fans.
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