Tuesday, July 5, 2011

UAAP Season 74: Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles Lineup

Following the outcome of the UAAP Board meeting earlier today, this is the Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles team that will defend the Men's Division basketball crown in the upcoming UAAP season:
Players
4 Bon Jovi Cipriano, G
5 Juami Tiongson, G
6 Emman Monfort, G
7 Tonino Gonzaga, G/F
8 Nico Salva, F
10 JP Erram, C
11 Gwyne Capacio, F
12 Kirk Long, G/F
13 Bacon Austria, G/F
15 Kiefer Ravena, G
17 Oping Sumalinog, F
18 Justin Chua, C/F
19 Von Pessumal, G
20 Greg Slaughter, C
21 Frank Golla, F
22 Jeric Estrada, C

Head Coach
Norman Black

Assistant Coaches
Sandy Arespacochaga
Gene Afable
Jamike Jarin
Gabby Severino
For varying reasons over a third of last year's grand slam-winning team are gone: starter Eric Salamat, Jason Escueta, and Carlo Balmaceda have all used up their playing years; Art dela Cruz, Jr. has returned to his high school alma mater San Beda College; Ryan Buenafe is attending to his studies and other personal matters; and Chris de Chavez is catching up on his studies.

Replacing them on the team are: Gwynne Capacio, a De La Salle-Santiago Zobel School graduate who sat out his freshman year to play for the RP Youth team; Bon Jovi Cipriano, who came to Ateneo as part of the crack 2008 recruiting class but got injured before Season 71 even started and had to toil in Team Glory Be; rookies Von Pessumal and Kiefer Ravena, who won three straight Juniors championships with the Ateneo de Manila High School Blue Eaglets; Greg Slaughter, a transferee from the University of the Visayas and member of the national training pool; and Oping Sumalinog, who missed last season due to an ACL injury.

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