FIVE-TIME defending UAAP champion Ateneo will continue its annual training in Las Vegas while adding a side trip to Japan as part of its buildup for the coming season.
Ateneo coach Bo Perasol said the Blue Eagles will once again train at the Joe Abunassar Impact Basketball Center in Las Vegas next month for the seventh straight year.
On its way back, the Blue Eagles will stop by Japan where they will play in pocket tournaments in Tokyo and Kyoto.
Perasol said the training camp will be a perfect opportunity for the undersized Blue Eagles to find their own character this season while having to do without former frontline stars Greg Slaughter and Nico Salva.
“I hope that we can get a good experience together and let my little big guys get some extra training and confidence,” said Perasol, who will be part of the training for the first time after taking over the coaching chores from Norman Black last year.
To accommodate Ateneo’s summer training, organizers of the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup had to schedule most of the Blue Eagles games early in the tournament — the reason why the team has been playing games on every game day since the April 13 opener.
The Blue Eagles will face Letran on Monday and University of the East on Wednesday before facing Lyceum on Friday for its seventh game in the tournament.
The Joe Abunassar Impact Basketball Center is a renowned training facility where several NBA players have also trained.
After their United States training, the Blue Eagles will face rival De La Salle when they resume their Filoil Cup campaign on June 1.