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Thursday, May 8, 2014


INSPIRED by last year’s outcome, the FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup is expanding its reach to Visayas and Mindanao this summer.

Tournament director Joey Guillermo said that the outstanding performance of Southwestern University Cobras last year was their inspiration in expanding the coverage of the league, which now includes three Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) teams, a team from Gen. Santos City and two from the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (Naascu).

“Our plans for expansion began last season when we invited SWU. We saw how well they played towards the end of FilOil and during the PCCL, where they defeated La Salle.

The exposure to top-flight competition helps. This year, we are continuing that expansion by not only adding new teams, but also taking the games out of town,” Guillermo said in a press conference yesterday in One Mango Place.

Cesafi member-schools University of the Visayas Green Lancers, SWU Cobras and the University of San Carlos Warriors and the Holy Trinity College Wildcats of General Santos City and the two Naascu member-schools Centro Escolar University Scorpions and St. Claire College of Caloocan Saints are the additions in the 21-team tournament.

On May 21-25, the Premier Cup will be in Cebu, with three days at the Mandaue City Sports and Cultural Complex and the last two days at the Lapu-Lapu City Hoops Dome.

Premier Cup defending champions University of the East Red Warriors and the UAAP champions De La Salle University Green Archers will be coming to face the Cebuano teams.

“Now that we have started it, we are looking forward to holding it (Cebu tournament) yearly. And we are also hoping to have more teams from the provinces to play. Our main goal is to improve the level of games and to help develop basketball down to the grassroots in the regions. It is our goal to help teams, especially those from outside of Manila to improve the level of their games,” added Guillermo.

Meanwhile, the SWU Cobras showed they are more than a match for Manila teams, beating the erstwhile undefeated Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers, 72-68, yesterday.

SWU rode on the shoulders of Landry Sanjo, who scored the game high 21 points on top of 13 rebounds and three blocks.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 08, 2014.

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