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Ateneo Eagles face tough international squads to represent PH in Jones Cup


By Mark Patriarca

The Ateneo Blue Eagles will be taking its UAAP title defense preparation to Taiwan as they are set to represent the country in the 40th William Jones Cup.

After winning preseason tournaments and appearing in ball games against Greece’s national teams, Ateneo will now test the mettle of its squad when the annual regional tournament starts on July 14 at the Xinzhuang Gymnasium in New Taipei City, Taiwan.

This will be the first time in a while that the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas will be sending over a collegiate team to represent the country in the invitational tournament.

The Chooks-to-Go-backed Blue Eagles will be composed of Thirdy Ravena, Isaac Go, Matt Nieto, Mike Nieto, Aaron Black, Raffy Verano, Adrian Wong, Anton Asistio, Gian Mamuyac, Jolo Mendoza, Angelo Kouame, Tyler Tio, William Navarro, Patrick Maagdenberg, Jawuan White and SJ Belangel.

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Last year, the Chooks-to-Go-backed Gilas Cadets finished in fourth place in the 10-nation meet, finishing with a 6-3 record.