Green Archers, Tamaraws banner 6-team Araw hoopfest

LA SALLE AND FEU. Francis Gabriel Escandor (18) will lead the Green Archers in the six-team tournament that begins today. (Take Aim photo)

It’s back to the hoopdom as basketball-crazy Dabawenyos are expected to troop to the Davao City Recreation Center for the 86th Araw ng Davao Invitational Basketball Tournament on Wednesday.

UAAP powerhouse De La Salle University and rival Far Eastern University Tamaraws banner the six-team cast in the tournament sanctioned by the Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas regional chapter headed by director Glenn Escandor.

Two other collegiate teams from the Big City are in the tournament — reigning Kadayawan champion Adamson University Falcons and Lyceum Pirates. No to be outdone are two selections from Cavite City who will carry the colors of Uncle Drew and Davao City’s Team Blanca’s.

The tournament runs from Wednesday to Saturday.

Tournament Commissioner John Paul Escobal and Tournament Director Miguel Solitaria are spearheading the running of the tournament which has the backing of the Davao City government and Royal Mandaya Hotel.

Teams will play in a bracket format elimination round after which the two teams with the best record will advance to the finals.

Cash prizes will be up for grabs to all the winners of the tournament presented by Mayor Baste Duterte.

Senator Christopher Bong Go will grace the opening program at 2 p.m. along with Mayor Baste Duterte, Congressman Pulong Duterte and Escandor.

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