GRAND RETURN Ex-Blue Knight Escandor joins DLSU Green Archers for ‘Araw’ hoops

ARAW NG DAVAO CAGEFEST. Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas (SBP) 11 regional director and Presidential Adviser for Sports Glenn Escandor (right) with SBP 11 liaison officer Ronel Leuterio (center) and former DLSU assistant coach Miggy Solitaria (left) during the media briefing of the 2019 Araw ng Davao Invitational Basketball Tournament at the Arcadia Active Lifestyle Center’s The Lobby Cafe. Koii Canarias

Former Ateneo de Davao University Blue Knights forward Francis “Ef” Escandor is set to make a grand return to Davao’s hoops scene as he dons the fabled green kit of the De La Salle University.

The 6-2 Escandor made it to the De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers’ squad in the upcoming 82nd Araw ng Davao Invitational Basketball Tournament on March 18 to 21 at the Davao City Recreation Center formerly Almendras Gym.

Escandor’s stint was confirmed by his former coach Miggy Solitaria on Monday in a media briefing at the Arcadia Lifestyle Active Lifestyle Center. The son of Presidential Adviser for Sports and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) Davao Region director Glenn Escandor will be among the youngest rookies to play for the 9-time University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) champions.

The Green Archers lead the ‘Big Four’ cast that includes the University of the East Red Warriors (UAAP), National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates, and the University of Cebu (UC) from the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) backyard. 

“Ef’s presence will inspire basketball aspirants of Davao City to chase their dreams,” Solitaria, a former assistant with the DLSU coaching staff, said.

Before he moved to the De La Salle University Zobel in 2017, Ef was the Blue Knight’s main man and helped ADDU win the National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) Regional title over then three-peat titlist Assumption College of Davao Warriors.

He was also part of the 2016-2017 Blue Knights ‘big three’ together with Ion Angeles and Axel Doromal.

Meantime, SBP executive program director Ronel Leuterio said the schedules will be announced as soon as the teams arrive in Davao City.

He also invited everyone to watch the tournament presented by Matina Enclaves and The Royal Mandaya Hotel in partnership with the City Government of Davao.

It will be open free to the public on a first come, first serve basis.

The gates are open at 3:30 pm while the games begin at 5:00 pm.