At 2-3, the Tornadoes are within striking distance of making the semifinals of the PSL but they would need the presence of the 6-foot-5 Santiago, whose National University is tied for the UAAP
lead with La Salle at 6-2, and Carlos, University of the Philippines' top gunner.
The mall crowd was there early to witness the fast and furious battles among UAAP
schools and the star-studded lineups.
All eight UAAP
teams pulled-off their A-game by showcasing best pyramids before cheerdance fans at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Both Baldwin and Altamirano will also have a closer look on some of the country's finest ballers coming from 12 rock-solid high school programs led by reigning UAAP
champion Far Eastern University-Diliman and new NCAA titleholder La Salle-Greenhills.
We came here not knowing what to expect, so we were a little disappointed to be facing a women's team that is made up of very young players, but we're making the most of it and doing our best to prepare for our UAAP
campaign," de Jesus said.
Ateneo playmaker SJ Belangel is at close third, while also being honored as the top senior, followed by NCAA MVP Will Gozum of Mapua at four, and UAAP
MVP CJ Cansino of UST at five.
Coach Babes Castillo said he will add two more players to his already formidable squad, making the Lady Bulldogs one of the early favorites in the UAAP
, NCAA and other basketball leagues," Chua said yesterday.
Jai Reyes led the Eagles with a game-high 22, while reigning UAAP
Most Valuable Player (MVP), Kuwaiti-Filipino Rabeh Al Hussaini, had 10 points.
UP is coming off a fifth place finish this past UAAP
Season 80 with its 6-8 record.
Mac Belo of FEU was named Most Valuable Player of the UAAP
championship series, the same award that was handed by the NCAA to Mark Cruz of Letran.
released the first round schedule on Monday as the Lady Spikers, led by Kim Dy, Majoy Baron, and Dawn Macandili, are once again seen as the benchmark.