Ateneo to rep RP in Jones Cup

MANILA, Philippines — Reigning UAAP men’s basketball champions Ateneo de Manila University has been appointed by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas to represent the country in the upcoming 40th staging of the William Jones Cup in Chinese Taipei.

The men’s tournament will be held from 14–22 July 2018 at the Xinzhuang Gymnasium in New Taipei City which will be participated by 11 teams including 3D Global Sports from Canada, two squads from the home side, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Lithuania, and South Korea.

“We wish the Ateneo Blue Eagles good luck in this endeavor. They will be representing our country to the best of their will,” said Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas Executive Director Sonny Barrios.

Ateneo is fresh from a successful summer preseason where they bagged the City Hoops, Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup, and the Breakdown Basketball Invitationals championships to go with their UAAP Season 80 title.

In 2017, the Chooks-to-Go-backed Gilas Cadets finished in fourth place in the 10-nation meet, finishing with a 6-3 record.

The Philippines has won the tournament five times with Mighty Sports Philippines turning the trick last 2016 with an import-laden lineup.