SAN Sebastian begins its road to redemption when it faces Jose Rizal University in the NCAA Season 95 seniors basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
With last season's campaign being derailed by controversies, Golden Stags coach Egay Macaraya hopes that those issues are already a thing of the past when they open their campaign at 4 p.m.
"Sana wala na yung mga ganoong distractions dahil mataas talaga ang expectations namin this year,'' he said, banking on RK Ilagan and Allyn Bulanadi.
Louie Gonzalez also makes his NCAA head coaching debut for the Heavy Bombers as the Kalentong crew enters its first season without longtime mentor Vergel Meneses.
St. Benilde, a team virtually intact from last season, will raise the curtain at 12 p.m. when it meets Emilio Aguinaldo College, with new head coach Oliver Bunyi.
Meanwhile, Perpetual Help seeks to start its year fresh without last season's MVP Prince Eze.
Ben Adamos and Edgar Charcos will now be at the forefront for the Altas when they take on a young and hungry Mapua side, with Randy Alcantara now calling the shots, at 2 p.m.