COL­LE­GIATE SQUADS TEST MET­TLE OF YOUNG GI­LAS 5

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - SPORTS - —JAN JAIME DELOS SAN­TOS, CON­TRIB­U­TOR INQ

The Gi­las Cadets squad will lead 18 other teams when the 2018 Filoil Fly­ing V Pre­sea­son Cup fires off this Satur­day at Filoil Fly­ing V Cen­tre in San Juan.

There will be 18 col­le­giate teams—10 from the NCAA and 8 from the UAAP—and the Kobe Paras-led Gi­las Un­der-23 cadets in the se­niors’ divi­sion.

Tour­na­ment for­mat will have Groups A and B in the elim­i­na­tion round, with the top two squads fig­ur­ing in a cross­over semi­fi­nals.

“We wel­come the ad­di­tion of the Gi­las team as it will make the tour­na­ment more ex­cit­ing,” said tour­na­ment di­rec­tor Ben­nett Palad dur­ing the Philip­pine Sportswrit­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (PSA) Fo­rum on Tues­day at Tapa King in Farm­ers Mar­ket, Cubao.

“There are many high­lights to look for­ward to, like new coaches. Let’s see how the teams deal with the changes.”

The Gi­las squad is el­i­gi­ble to win the cham­pi­onship. As a com­pro­mise with the Cadets’ re­spec­tive schools, the play­ers won’t be al­lowed to suit up if the na­tional team is play­ing against their schools.

Na­tional Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion of Schools, Col­leges and Uni­ver­si­ties (Naascu) schools were in­vited but the teams de­clined as of­fi­cials felt they are not com­pet­i­tive enough.

Open­ing Se­niors A games will pit La Salle ver­sus UP at 4:30 p.m. and Ate­neo against Gi­las at 6:30 p.m.

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