DEFENDING champions University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors, last year’s runner-up University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers and the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars are fine-tuning their lineups in the Recoletos Cup on July 14-17 at the Recoletos Coliseum in USJ-R Basak Campus.
The fourth team is last year’s UAAP runner-up University of Sto. Tomas Growling Tigers, who will be working doubly hard to adapt to the system of new coach Boy Sablan.
UST will come in full force and will field former Cesafi high school All-Star Zachary Huang, who have proven his worth in his rookie year last year.
Jan Sherrif and Louie Vigil are also joining the team, making the Tigers even a tougher squad.
USC head coach Rommel Rasmo, admitted they need this tournament in order to gauge his players.
“UV and USJ-R have been playing out-of-town tournaments but we have not. I just picked the 15 players who will make the team but we need to play in tournaments to gauge our capabilities. I hope the Recoletos Cup could help us jell quickly,” Rasmo told Sun.Star Cebu.
Just like UST, the Warriors are also adjusting to the system of Rasmo, who was named head coach last May.
On July 14, USC will be tested by the Green Lancers in the main game following the USJ-R and UST match at 2 p.m.
The tournament will follow a single round robin format with the top two teams playing for the title and the no. 3 and no.4 teams playing for third place.