BATANG Gilas members Jonas Tibayan and Harvey Pagsanjan take the spotlight as the 27th Filipino-Chinese Athletic Association Federation (FCAAF) boys basketball tournament opens on Saturday.
Tibayan will look to lead Chiang Kai Shek College to its fourth straight title this year in the FCAAF, but out to challenge the Blue Dragons are Hope Christian High School, who will lean on Pagsanjan.
Tibayan and Pagsanjan are coming off stints with Batang Gilas including the 2016 Fiba-Asia Under-18 Championship in Iran, and are expected to be heavily-recruited by top colleges and universities in the country.
Six other teams will vie for the Division A crown including Manila Patriotic School, which finished third in last year’s competition. Also competing are St. Jude Catholic School, St. Stephen's High School and Philippine Christian College.
MGC New Life Christian Academy and Paco Citizen Academy Foundation were the top two teams in Division B and will have been promoted to Division A.
The Blue Dragons begin the season against PCAF on Saturday, 5:30 p.m. at the newly-renovated Chiang Kai Shek College main gym, while Hope Christian battles Manila Patriotic School on Tuesday, 5 p.m. at the same venue.