Thursday, July 12, 2012

UAAP Season 75: Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles Lineup

[Photo from uaapsports.studio23.tv]

In two days the 75th season of the UAAP will kick off. A day later, the four-time defending champion Ateneo de Manila University will begin its defense of the Men's Division basketball crown. Here is the Blue Eagles team that will attempt to achieve a school-record "five-peat."
Players
4 Nico Elorde, PG, 5'9"
5 Juami Tiongson, PG, 5'10"
6 Frank Golla, F/C, 6'4"
7 Tonino Gonzaga, SG, 6'1"
8 Nico Salva, F, 6'4"
10 JP Erram, C, 6'7"
11 Isaac Lim, PG, 5'6"
12 Gwyne Capacio, G, 6'3"
13 Ryan Buenafe, F, 6'2"
14 Kris Porter, F/C, 6'4"
15 Kiefer Ravena, G, 6'0"
17 Oping Sumalinog, G/F, 6'3"
18 Justin Chua, C, 6'5"
19 Von Pessumal, G, 6'1"
20 Greg Slaughter, C, 7'0"
21 Gboy Babilonia, F/C, 6'5"

Head Coach
Norman Black

Assistant Coaches
Sandy Arespacochaga
Gene Afable
Jamike Jarin
Gabby Severino
Being the defending champs the Blue Eagles are favored to win it all. But this season nevertheless poses some interesting questions for the team:
  • How will Ateneo cope with the departure of Emman Monfort and Kirk Long, starters from last year's champion team who have used up their eligible playing years?
  • Can Norman Black again lead the squad to the title this year, his last as the Blue Eagles' head coach?
  • How will Ryan Buenafe, the Season 73 Finals MVP, fare in his return to action after missing the entirety of Season 74?
I guess we'll see.

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