Five exciting new beginnings in UAAP season 81

ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 08, 2018 06:34 AM
Five exciting new beginnings in UAAP season 81
James Reid and Spongecola joins Minzy in performing in front of a mammoth crowd in the UAAP Season 81 opening.

The 81st season of the Universities Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP) opens this Saturday (September 8) at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City to take collegiate basketball up a notch for Filipino sports fans.

The opening ceremonies will start at 12 nn and will air LIVE on S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, LIGA HD, and via livestream on sports.abs-cbn.com and it promises to be worth the fanfare.

Here are five things every UAAP and collegiate basketball fan should look forward to starting Saturday, September 8.

1.) 1st UAAP LAST ONE STANDING 

The UAAP unleashed its inaugural one-on-one tournament featuring the best players from each school last August 17. The pre-season event also had a Three-Point Shootout, ruled by Adamson’s Jerrick Ahanmisi, Skills Challenge, won by Adamson rookie Jerome Lastimosa, and the Slam Dunk Contest, claimed by UP’s Kobe Paras. The likes of Paras and DLSU’s Jordan Bartlett took center stage to lay claim to being the best one-on-one player. Bartlett outsmarted and outlasted the bigger Paras in the finale of the one-day tournament, 11-7.

2.) GRAND OPENING FEATURING STEPHEN CURRY AND 2NE1’S MINZY

As far as surprises go, host school National University (NU), is pulling out all the stops to make sure it is one of the best openings to remember. They are bringing over Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry to inspire the athletes, and former K-Pop group 2NE1 member, Minzy, to spice things up for the crowd, who will surely go bananas over the artist’s song numbers. Besides the Korean pop superstar, Kapamilya idol James Reid will also be performing as well as Yael Yuzon and his band, Spongecola. 


3.) NEW STARS TO WATCH OUT FOR AND CHEER

UP is parading quite a catch in foreign student-athlete Bright Akhuetie, who instantly catapulted them to contender status, as one of the new stars fans have to watch out for. Joining him are the likes of UAAP Season 80 Juniors MVP CJ Cansino of UST, while rival Dave Ildefonso, who decided to join host NU with his brother Shaun, also looks to make a splash and be a future role model for young basketball players.
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4.) NEW COURTSIDE REPORTERS

There’s a new crop of courtside reporters that will surely capture everyone’s attention. Frannie Reyes (Ateneo), Makyla Chavez (UST), Sam Corrales (UP), Aiyana Perlas (DLSU), and Cor Catibayan (Adamson) join the crack squad of courtside reporters taking the floor come opening day. Returning for a second tour of duty are Migs Gomez (UE), Dyp Dypiangco (NU), and Syd Crespo (FEU).


5.) NEW U-TOWN CO-HOST IN ALYSSA VALDEZ

Gretchen Ho and Robi Domingo will also have a new co-host in "U-Town" starting this season and it’s none other than Philippien volleyball phenom Alyssa Valdez herself! Catch her as the program pays each UAAP school a visit and finding out more about each institution’s history, achievements, and its various personalities starting September 15 right before the UAAP games.

Catch the grand opening of the UAAP’s Season 81 as it reaches for new beginnings to give fans and viewers exciting games featuring the eight member schools battling for athletic supremacy starting Saturday (September 8) at 12 nn LIVE on S+A, S+A HD, and via livestream on sports.abs-cbn.com. Meanwhile, iWant TV will also make the games available for livestreaming and video- on-demand.

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