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Bulldogs test reloaded lineup in FilOil Cup

MANILA, Philippines -- One of the most keenly awaited debuts in the 2015 Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup is that of the National University Bulldogs. The Bulldogs, winners of the 2012 edition of the Filoil tournament, ended a 60-year drought in UAAP Season 77 when they bagged the UAAP title in spectacular fashion over hard-luck Far Eastern University.

The Bulldogs lost some key players from their title run in forwards Troy Rosario and Glenn Khobuntin as well as back-up center Henri Betayene. However, they still retain point guard Gelo Alolino and forward Kyle Neypes aside from the returning Jeffrey Javillionar who missed last season with a knee injury. All three are playing out their final year of college eligibility.

Also returning is center Alfred Aroga who will be backstopped by Ghanaian slotman Issa Gaye. Aside from Rev Diputado, other members from their UAAP championship team are JJ Alejandro, Reden Celda, Paolo Javelona, and Anthony Salim.

Newcomers to the team include, Rendell Sinining, Reggie Morido, and Ralph Tansingco who were called up from Team. New recruits to head coach Eric Altamirano’s side include Nicko Abatayo, Ronnel Jay Lastimosa, and Tzaddy Rangel.

The NU Bulldogs debut in the Filoil tourney on May 8 when they face the University of San Jose Recoletos Jaguars at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Sponsors for the premier pre-season tournament include Filoil, Flying V, Total, Hanes, Gatorade, LGR, Molten, Meralco, BDO, Reyes Barbecue, Qubiertos, Nature’s Spring, Brothers Burger, Gerry’s Grill, Doug Egberts, Bayo, CDO, Oxycan, Rebisco, BPI, Freego, Perskindol, Phillips, Silverworks, and Bacchus.

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Tickets are available at the gate or through SM Ticketnet.

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