FAR Eastern University and Ateneo head the cast in the 8th PSSBC Freego Cup which starting on Saturday at the SGS gym in Quezon City.
The Baby Tamaraws are bracketed with NCAA runner-up Lyceum and Fil-Chinese Amateur Athletic Federation runner-up Chiang Kai Shek College.
The Eaglets were drawn to play against inaugural champion Hope Christian High School and San Sebastian College in group play.
Reigning titlist National University is grouped with LaSalle Greenhills and La Consolacion College.
NCAA champion San Beda was drawn with Xavier and Adamson.
Lead San Beda in its bid for a third title are Justine Sanchez, Rhayyan Amsali, YukienAndrada and Winston Ynot, while the Xavier Golden Stallions will be led by Miguel Tan, Ryan Yu and the sweet-shooting Keith Wongchuking.
“Only the fittest and the toughest teams will survive in those groups, but it’s going to be exciting,” said PSSBC Chairman and Freego big boss Eduard Tio.
“But it’s good for them, they will learn valuable lessons after the tournament.”
The ‘Tournament of Champions’ is also being backed by Dioceldo Sy of Blackwater Sports, Jimi Lim of IronCon Builders, Jimmy dela Cruz of Jumbo Plastic Linoleum, Rudy Yu of Macbeth Underwear, Dr. Cecilio Pedro of Hapee Toothpaste, Leoncio Chua and Terry Que ofPoly Gloss-Rain or Shine.
“It’s our own little way in helping these high school players prepare themselves as some of them will enter college two years from now,” said Que.
The event is also supported by Gerry’s Grill, Sumo GI Sheet, Cherrylune, Cho Garden and Molten.