The Tema-based side shocked pundits after they beat highly-rated CEPS in a nerve racking final in 2010 at the Lebanon house in Accra.
Their head trainer Emmanuel Quaye is expected to field a strong squad to play in the two-week tournament, expected to attract huge numbers to the venue.
The championship has become an important feature on the calendar of the Ghana Basketball Association with massive enthusiasm building up ahead of Monday’s showdown.
Undoubtedly Youth will have their work cut out for them in their bid to hold onto their crown.
They must fend off competition from record holders CEPS to win the title back-to-back.
But that task could be gargantuan if not impossible, having seen CEPS rebuild their squad with the acquisition of arguably the best players in the country.
Custom Excise and Preventive Service have enormous experience in the team and largely touted by many bookmakers to win their 9th Thome Cabalan Championship.
The likes of Reformers, Holy Family, Fire, Magic, Panthers and Police Service will be force to reckon with.