DEEPER GREEN

DLSU to parade 4 Fil-Am recruits

De La Salle University will be defending its Kadayawan title with a beefed up line up.

Defending Kadayawan champion De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers will field its complete University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 82 roster in its return to Davao City.

The UAAP perennial champion will stake its title in the forthcoming Invitational Basketball League of the 34th Kadayawan Festival which tips off this Sunday, August 11, at the Davao City Recreation Center.

According to the admin of Escandor Cup, the Green Archers have fresh new faces in its cast including four Filipino-American rookies who will make their debut with the souped up DLSU squad.

“First time will be seen in the public,” the admin said.

He also divulged that mainstays Aljun Melecio, Andrei Caracut, Encho Serrano, Justine Baltazar, Brandon Bates, and Gabe Capacio are among the prominent names to lead the Davao City-bound Green Archers.

Rookie Francis Gabriel “Ef” Escandor, who was instrumental in helping the Green Archers snare the Araw ng Dabaw title last March, will also suit up to make a fierce line-up.

The 6-3 son of Presidential Adviser on Sports and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) Davao regional director Glenn Escandor fits well with the system of DLSU coach Gian Nazario.

However, despite its vast experience and new reinforcements, the Green Archers cannot discard their rivals.

The National University (NU) Bulldogs, and Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (Cesafi)’s University of Visayas (UV) Green Lancers and Southwestern University (SU) Pirates are tough opponents to reckon with.