Maybe this is the year. The anticipation and excitement brewing from Diliman will come to the fore as a University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons squad with grizzled and hungry veterans aided by blue chip newcomers look to announce their re-arrival in college basketball.
UP takes on the Mapua Cardinals in the nightcap of the second day of the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup at 5pm at the San Juan Arena while National University takes on Malayan in the only Juniors match scheduled for the day at 11:45 a.m. Seniors basketball tips off with Letran facing Cebuano-team University of San Jose Recoletos at 1:30 p.m. while Jose Rizal University tackles College of Saint Benilde at 3:15 p.m.
The Fighting Maroons, with Joe Ward now was head coach, are stocked with veterans looking to fulfill a deep push in the upcoming University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 78 in September.