DID AMA Senior High make the right choice in tabbing playmaker Reed Baclig as the first pick overall instead of highly-touted forward Jamie Malonzo in this year’s draft?
That will be known today when the Titans tangle with the APEX Fuel Mindanao-San Sebastian College Golden Stags in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
The match is set at 1 p.m. before Builders Warehouse-University of Santo Tomas battles Technological Institute of the Philippines at 3 o’clock.
Capping off the first triple-header of the season-opening tourney is the duel pitting Family Mart-Enderun College and SEAOIL-Far Eastern University.
Aside from the 18-year-old Baclig, the Titans will rely on center Andre Paras, wingman Luke Parcero, and singer-actor Eduardo Kapunan, known as “Young JV.”
The Golden Stags lost gunner Allyn Bulanadi and Alvin Capobres, who have used up their playing years and moved to the pro league.
APEX Fuel Mindanao-SSC coach Egay Macaraya admitted that he is on the lookout for players who can fill the void.
“Challenge sa amin ito na makahanap ng bagong contributors na makakatulong kay RK (Ilagan),” said Macaraya.
Playmaker RK Ilagan and center JM Calma will anchor the Stags’ charge.
The Growling Tigers will virtually parade an intact line-up that wound up as bridesmaid to Ateneo in the last UAAP cage wars.
“Iyon naman ang sadya namin dito sa D-League, na mas maging matured pa ang players namin,” said Builders Warehouse-UST tactician Aldin Ayo.
Reigning UAAP MVP Soulemane Chai Yo, Rookie of the Year Mark Nonoy, Rhenz Abando, and guard-forward CJ Cansino, who sat out all of last year due to an ACL injury, will be counted upon by the Tigers to deliver.