UAAP: Sotto-led Eaglets start title defense opposite new-look Tiger Cubs

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 10, 2018 08:09 PM
Sotto-led Eaglets start title defense opposite Tiger Cubs
Kai Sotto returns to action for Ateneo in UAAP 81

Games on Sunday at the Blue Eagle Gym

9:00 AM – DLSZ vs UE

11:00 AM – FEU-Diliman vs NU

1:00 PM – Ateneo vs UST

3:00 PM – UPIS vs Adamson

For the first time in his young career, the biggest target will be on the back of Kai Sotto as Ateneo de Manila High School defends its title in the UAAP 81 Juniors Basketball Tournament.

Sotto and the Blue Eaglets get a tough test right out of the gate as they will be challenged by new-look University of Sto. Tomas in the season-opener on Sunday at the Blue Eagle Gym in Quezon City.

The towering teen is now undoubtedly the main man for the defending champions who lost all of SJ Belangel, Jason Credo, Dave Ildefonso, Joaqui Manuel, and two-time champion coach Joe Silva, but will be welcoming with open arms Batang Gilas member Forthsky Padrigao as their new court general and Reggie Varilla as their new mentor.

With holes just as big to fill starting at 1:00 PM are the Tiger Cubs who will no longer have Season MVP CJ Cansino as well as head coach Chris Cantonjos. In their place, Bismarck Lina and new mentor Bonnie Garcia are nothing but confident they are up to the task.

Meanwhile, Nazareth School of National University, last year’s runner-up who will now have Gerry Abadiano and Carl Tamayo alongside Terrence Fortea, is also out so send a statement up against RJ Abarrientos-led Far Eastern Unviersity-Diliman at 11:00 AM.

There will also be matchups between Adamson High School and University of the Philippines Integrated School at 3:00 PM as well as De La Salle Zobel and University of the East at 9:00 AM.


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