Ate­neo, Gi­las cadets clash in Filoil opener

The Philippine Star - - SPORTS -

Reign­ing UAAP men’s cham­pion Ate­neo tests Gi­las Pilip­inas cadets’ met­tle in the opener of the 2018 Filoil Fly­ing V Pre­sea­son Premier Cup this Satur­day at the Filoil Fly­ing V Cen­ter in San Juan.

Game­time is at 6:30 p.m., cap­ping a triple-bill that ush­ers in the 12th sea­son of the an­nual pre­sea­son tour­na­ment. The open­ing cer­e­mony be­gins at 12 noon and will be shown live on ESPN 5.

This will be the first tour­na­ment where the Gi­las cadets are see­ing ac­tion since a train­ing pool was formed early this year from where the nu­cleus of the na­tional team to the 2023 FIBA World Cup here will be culled.

Tour­na­ment di­rec­tor Ben­nett Palad said the Filoil stint will help toughen up the squad.

“Its a big help be­cause they’re com­pet­ing with the best play­ers and best schools. If I were a na­tional team player I would surely hone my skills in the tour­na­ment,” said Palad, who was with long-time Filoil Pre­sea­son Premier Cup of­fi­cial Joey Guillermo dur­ing the weekly Philip­pine Sportswrit­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (PSA) Fo­rum at the Tapa King Restau­rant at Farm­ers Plaza in Cubao.

Guillermo said the coun­try’s premier pre­sea­son tour­na­ment has al­ways been com­mit­ted to ex­tend­ing a help­ing hand for na­tional cause.

“I think this will be the fourth time where a na­tional team will be play­ing in the pre­sea­son,” he said in the reg­u­lar pub­lic sports pro­gram pre­sented by San Miguel Corp., Tapa King, and the Philip­pine Amuse­ment and Gam­ing Corp.

He said the last time a Philip­pine squad saw ac­tion in the meet was dur­ing the time of Kiefer Ravena and Jeron Teng, both of them are now rook­ies in the PBA.

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