Presidential assistant Bong Go, Andaya lead Malacanang Kamao in 'Araw ng Davao' league
Presidential assistant Bong Go will be suiting up for Malacanang Kamao. Jaime Campos

MALACANANG Kamao bared its complete lineup on Tuesday for the 80th Araw ng Davao Invitational Basketball League which gets going on Thursday.

Team coordinator Asssistant Secretary Joseph Encabo submitted the team's lineup to tournament director Cholo Elegino as the sixth team in the short but highly competitive league that runs from March 23-26.

Jimmy Brown, a 6-foot-9 import, teams up with 6-8 ex-pro Mark Andaya to form the squad's twin tower combination in the paint.

Completing the lineup are 6-4 Arden Guiyab, 6-4 Ian Vincent Garrido, 5-9 Michael Ignario, 6-1 Roverick Abalos, 5-7 Mc Jour Luib, 6-2 Eric Dela Cuesta, 6-0 Visnu Das Javier, 6-5 Macapagal Mercado, 6-0 Rocy Acidre, 6-4 John Michael Jimenez, 5-9 Gerry Gadong, and 6-3 Norberto Farochillen.

Special assistant to the President Bong Go and Presidential Assistant for Sports Glenn Escandor are also part of the roster.

The coaching staff will be headed by Luis Jose Gonzalez with assistants Rafael Esteban Gonzalez, Melvin Verches, Romano Felix Fernandez, and Aljabez Ogahayon.

Defending champion The Royal Mandaya Hotel-CMO De La Salle faces a tough challenge against a stacked field led by AAP squads University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons and National University Bulldogs, along with Montana Pawnshop of Davao and Pacman Warriors of Gen. Santos City.

The reigning UAAP champions arrived in Davao on Tuesday, two days before the start of the tournament to be held at the Davao City Recreation Center.

The tournament, sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) and opened free to the public, will have two groups playing single round robin. The top teams after the eliminations square off for the championship.

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