Monday, April 8, 2013

2013 Filoil Pre-season Cup: Some Questions That Needs An Answer

The 2013 Filoil Flying V Premier Cup is only a few days away from opening, and with it comes added anticipation for the 2013 college basketball wars. Ever since it started back in 2006, the Filoil tourney has been regarded as the opening skirmish or appetizer for the main battles or dishes that are the UAAP and NCAA (the Philippine Collegiate Champions League, naturally, is the dessert).

Of course, apart from being an added venue to see our favorite collegiate hoopsters in action, the Filoil joust is also an important opportunity to see who the new faces of the amateur hoops scene are, and how each team will probably play in their respective leagues. In line with this, I want to pose a few questions that, hopefully, will be answered by the time the Filoil wars end in early June.

5) How will the prodigal twins fare?You’ve seen them on a myriad of billboards along C5 and EDSA, but now you’ll see them again where they really belong – on the hardwood playing for the Red Lions. As San Beda tries to nail a fourth straight NCAA crown, it will have the services of balik-Mendiola brothers David and Anthony Semerad, both of whom flirted with the possibility of playing for Ateneo last year. With the exit of Jake Pascual, having the Semerads back is a welcome development for the Lions, but can the twins’ respective games pick up where they left off in 2011? (The twins are reportedly recuparating from injuries and will possibly delay their return to action at the Filoil cup. See related story.)

7) Which HS players will turn heads?Another interesting thing to which we should all pay attention is the Juniors division, where many of tomorrow’s superstars are already laying waste to the competition today. Among the players on whom we should keep tabs are the Red Cubs. San Beda High is always on top-shelf when it comes to basketball talent. This summer, look out for Arvin Tolentino, Rev Diputado, and Andrei Caracut among others.

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