UP Fighting Maroons will once again, try to covet, one of the championship titles for this round of off-season games. This time, they are ought to battle three other teams, including Cebu’s finest Southwestern University and last year’s semifinalists FEU Tamaraws at the Iloilo National Invitational Basketball Championship.
The four-day event will be held at the Pototan Astrodome and is scheduled from April 28 to May 1. The said tournament will be UP and FEU testing grounds for their off-season bid at the Filoil Flying V Pre-season Tournament which will also start the same weekend. The admission for the games is free.
Paul Desiderio and Bright Akhuetie will be bannering the State U squad, along with Juan and Javi Gomez de Liano. Janjan Jaboneta of Antique and Richie Villaruz of Ajuy will also take part in the tourney.
The said tourney is spearheaded by Gov Arthur Defensor, Sr., Congressman Toto Defensor Jr. and Ruding Villaruz.