UNIVERSITY of the East returns to action in the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup on Wednesday after a one-week training in Jakarta as part of its UAAP preparations this season.
Coach Boyzie Zamar bared the Red Warriors competed in a pocket tournament against professional teams in Indonesia for a week as part of their buildup.
“May mga team building din tayo doon at nagkaroon tayo ng pocket tournament against professional teams,” said Zamar, who once coached in Indonesia prior to his return stint with the Red Warriors.
“Siyempre, hindi naman natin ma-ko-compare ‘yung professional league nila doon sa professional league natin. Pero pinakita ko sa kanila ‘yung mga dati kong hinawakan na mga teams at ‘yung level ng basketball sa Southeast Asia,” Zamar said.
The Red Warriors return to the court on Wednesday against Letran at 4:15 p.m. at The Arena in San Juan as part of a seniors tripleheader.
Zamar said the Jakarta stint is a big part of the team's UAAP preparations.
“Nakaka-develop kami ng goodwill doon through basketball kaya life lessons din. May nakikilala sila through basketball,” said Zamar.
The UE coach who replaced Jerry Codinera midway through last season's campaign, said the Warriors also had scheduled trips to Thailand and Singapore which were reset to a later date.
“(The Indonesia trip) partly subsidized din ito ng mga kaibigan natin doon,” said Zamar.
The Warriors currently hold a 2-2 win-loss record against the 3-2 Knights.
Meanwhile, Adamson and Jose Rizal University clash at 12:45 p.m., while College of Saint Benilde takes on University of Perpetual Help in a battle of NCAA squads at 2:30 p.m.