UAAP champion Ateneo to represent Philippines in 2018 Jones Cup
Ateneo is the first collegiate team in a while to be representing the Philippines in the Jones Cup
If winning the 2018 Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup and figuring in a tour against the national teams of Greece are not enough, UAAP defending champion Ateneo de Manila University is also set to be the Philippines' representatives in the 40th William Jones Cup.
This will be the first time in a while that the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas will be sending over a collegiate team to represent the country in the invitational tournament.
"We wish the Ateneo Blue Eagles good luck in this endeavor. They will be representing our country to the best of their will," SBP executive director Sonny Barrios said.
The tournament will begin on July 14 at the Xinzhuang Gymnasium in New Taipei City, Taiwan.
The team's chief tactician will be Tab Baldwin and he will be joined by Sandy Arespacochaga, Gene Afable, Gabby Severino, Yuri Escueta, Ford Arao, Alton Lister, and Jon Jacinto.
Last year, the Gilas cadets finished in fourth place in the 10-nation meet, finishing with a 6-3 record.
And just like last year, Ateneo will also be backed by Chooks-to-Go this time around.
"Of course, we are elated that are brand will be supporting this team. We will do our best to support the Blue Eagles in this journey," company president Ronald Mascariñas said.
The Philippines has won the tournament five times. The last time the country topped the Jones Cup was back in 2016 with the import-laden Mighty Sports-Philippines.