ATENEO will compete in a tournament in South Korea a week before the UAAP men’s basketball tournament gets going, but team manager Epok Quimpo was quick to allay fears of ‘burnout’ for the Blue Eagles.
While other teams are already at the tailend of their preparations for the upcoming season, Quimpo said the Blue Eagles are still slated to compete in Korea against four local teams, along with entries from Japan, Australia, United States, and China from July 2 to 7.
Quimpo, a former Blue Eagles guard, said the Korea tournament has already been scheduled months ago, and is actually part of the team’s preseason program this year.
“This is the reason why, if you look back, we had to say no to the Filoil (Cup) and other summer leagues primarily because naka-plano na talaga,” Quimpo said. “Dito namin siya hinahabol. Hopefully, it turns out well for the program.”
The tournament sanctioned by the Korean basketball federation will come exactly six days before the Eagles face Adamson on July 13 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum to open up their campaign in the country’s premier collegiate basketball league.
Quimpo, however, is not worried about the Eagles being tired for the opening game.
“I guess the coaches are well aware of the stress and fatigue factor going to the UAAP. Mababalanse ‘yan,” Quimpo said.
The Eagles earlier had a month-long training in Las Vegas.