The Gilas Pilipinas cadets will be having their much-anticipated debut in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup which will kick off on April 21 at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
The Gilas Under-23 team will be playing their game opener in the Philippines’ premier preseason tournament against defending UAAP seniors champion Ateneo at 6:30 P.M.
Even though the final rosters have yet to be finalized, the Gilas Pilipinas is expected to be made up of fresh basketball players named to the pool for the 2023 Fiba Basketball World Cup to be hosted by the country.
Amongst the big names dropped byhead coach Chot Reyes to the Gilas 2023 pool were Kobe Paras, Thirdy Ravena, Paul Desiderio, Kai Sotto, Matt Nieto, Robert Bolick, and Filipino-Nigerian basketballer AJ Edu.
The De La Salle (DLSU) Green Archers will take on University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons at exactly 4:30 P.M. in the other seniors action on the season opener.
The reigning UAAP and NCAA juniors champions Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Blue Eagles and La Salle Greenhills (DLSU) will be taking against each other in following the opening ceremony at noon.
A total of 19 teams have confirmed their participation in the Filoil preseason with Group A composed of ADMU, DLSU, Mapua, Emilio Aguinaldo College, San Beda, Perpetual Help, National University (NU), University of the East (UE), University of the Philippines (UP), and the Gilas cadets.
Group B will have Adamson (Ad, Arellano, College of Saint Benilde, Letran, Far Eastern University (FEU), Lyceum, San Sebastian, Jose Rizal University (JRU), and University of Santo Tomas (UST).
The squads from the same group will play in a round-robin elimination round with the top four ball clubs from each bracket competing in the quarterfinals to tip off the playoffs.