Bullpups no favorites in PSSBC, so says coach Gold
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 06, 2019 06:52 PM
Goldwin Monteverde, the soft-spoken mentor of UAAP champion National University, yesterday downplayed the favorite tag labeled on his team, saying anybody can beat anybody in the 8th PSSBC Freego Cup which opens shop on December 14 at SGS Gym in Quezon City.
“This is a different arena and I’m sure everybody has its own motivation to beat us and go all the way to the championship,” said Monteverde, who is on his last term as the Bullpups mentor after being designated to handle the men’s team of NU.
“Besides, bilog ang bola at saka maraming malalakas na teams ngayon,” added the architect of NU’s 10 championships in the past two years, including back-to-back ASEAN School Games championships.
Monteverde picked NCAA champion San Beda, LPU, and Ateneo as the teams who have what it takes to go all the way in the annual tournament dubbed as "Battle of Champions."
“Actually all teams are strong so I expect another exciting race for the title,” said PSSBC chairman and Freego big boss Eduard Tio. “The best teams of NCAA and UAAP are here and so are the top three Fil-Chinese schools.”
Also entered in the event that also has the backing of Blackwater Sports, IronCon Builders, Jumbo Plastic Linoleum, Rain or Shine, Hapee Toothpaste, MEC Networks, and Macbeth Underwear are LSGH, La Consolacion, San Sebastian, Chiang Kai Shek, Hope Christian, FEU, Adamson, and Xavier.
San Beda, bannered by former NU star Rhayyan Amsali, Justine Sanchez, Tony Ynot, and Yukien Andrada, are bidding for its third title after winning the event in 2014 and 2018.
The annual tournament that offers PhP 50, 000 to the champion is also backed Gerry’s Grill, Cherrylume Roofing, SUMO GI Sheets, Choi Garden, and Molten.