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    Dubai meet to give Barako Bull early start in Governors Cup buildup

    Apr 20, 2013
    The Dubai International Basketball Championship will give Barako Bull the opportunity to break in young players like Keith Jensen in Rajko Toroman's system. Jerome Ascano

    BARAKO Bull consultant Rajko Toroman is making the most out of the team’s early exit in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

    In a bid to prepare the team for the Governors Cup, Toroman said on Saturday the Energy Cola will compete in the Dubai International Basketball Championship in the United Arab Emirates from May 17-24.

    The Energy Cola failed to advance past the eliminations in Toroman’s first conference with the team, finishing in ninth place with a 5-9 (win-loss) slate which the Serbian coach blamed on the players' adjustment to his system.

    But the former Gilas coach believes with the team’s mixture of youth and veterans, it will just be a matter of time before Barako Bull emerges as a legitimate title contender.

    “The Dubai tournament is a good preparation for our team for the third conference (Governors Cup). We will be bringing one import and will see if that import could fit the team as we prepare this early for the third conference,” Toroman told Spin.ph over the weekend.

    The 58-year-old mentor said he intends to build on the core of young players like Allein Maliksi, Emman Monfort, newly-acquired rookie Fil-Am Keith Jensen, and veteran guard Jonas Villanueva as they set their eyes on at least a quarterfinal appearance in the season-ending tournament.

    “That tournament is a good exposure for the young players we have. More time for Allein Maliksi and even Emman Monfort and Keith Jensen to play and blend with the other players,” he added.

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    Aside from Barako Bull, expected to join the Dubai tilt that allows at least two imports per squad are two club teams from UAE along with entries from Egypt, Libya, Qatar, and Lebanon.

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    The Dubai International Basketball Championship will give Barako Bull the opportunity to break in young players like Keith Jensen in Rajko Toroman's system. Jerome Ascano
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