Defending champion San Beda College will begin its title-retention bid when it battles University of the East at 3:15 p.m. today in the FilOil Flying V Pre-season Premier Cup at the San Juan Arena.
The Red Lions will be relying on new recruits following the departure of their veteran players, who have already graduated last season that includes sharpshooter Baser Amer.
Team captain Dan Sara will be leading San Beda on its hunt for initial victory together with Ranbill Tongco, Jayvee Mocon and Donald Tankoua.
On the other hand, the Red Warriors will be looking for their third win in Group B.
UE currently holds a record of two wins and a loss.
In their last outing, the Red Warriors posted a commanding 91-75 victory over the Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates on Alvin Pasaol’s 17-point performance.
Meanwhile, Group B leaders De La Salle University will battle third seed Mapua Institute of Technology at 5 p.m.
La Salle will be banking on the prowess of high-scoring reinforcement Ben Mbala together with standout Jeron Teng as they protect their unbeaten 2-0 record.
However, the Cardinals are expected to give them a tough match-up with National Collegiate Athletic Association Most Valuable Player-Rookie of the Year Allwell Oraeme leading their charge on both ends.
Playing in the 1:30 p.m. game are Colegio de San Juan Letran and Adamson University.