FOURTEEN players stepped are in the running for the right to be called the 1-on-1 King of the Hardcourt.
Arellano’s University’s Niel Tolentino, La Salle’s JC Macalalag and University of the Philippines’s Collin Dimaculangan lead the tough field fighting for the P20,000 cash prize in one of the sidelights of the Filoil EcoOil Preseason Cup.
Jamba Garing, now with University of Santo Tomas, is also out for redemption after finishing runner-up in 2019.
Completing the field of contenders are Ivan Maata of Adamson University, JP Boral of University of Perpetual, Brianne Angeles of Emilio Aguinaldo College, Pei Tomas of University of the East, Jimwell Torion Jr. of San Beda, Aeron Bagunu of Far Eastern University, Patrick Gloria of National University, Dilcer Gaviola of Letran, Regz Gabat of San Sebastian and Jonathan Daileg of Lyceum of the Philippines University.
College of Saint Benilde’s Prince Carlos won the inaugurals in 2018, while Letran’s King Caralipio claimed the throne in 2019.
“It’s a great test of skills for these players. We see it as a big confidence booster for them as it will help them once they play for their team in the five-on-five game,” said tournament director Silverio “Bennett” Palad, himself a former one-on-one champion during his stint in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines with University of Santo Tomas.