University of the Philippines will get a glimpse of how its prized acquisitions perform in a competitive environment, when the Fighting Maroons unfurl Kobe Paras and Ricci Rivero in the 2019 FilOil Flying V Preseason Tournament.
The two will be joining forces with holdovers MVP Bright Akhuetie, Juan Gomez de Liano, and stalwarts Javi Gomez de Liano, Janjan Jaboneta, and Jun Manzo.
The tournament won't include reigning UAAP champion Ateneo, however.
Joining UP in Group A are: Arellano University, Jose Rizal University, La Salle, University of Perpetual Help, University of Santo Tomas, San Sebastian College, and NCAA champion San Beda.
Letran and Lyceum headline Group B, together with Adamson, College of Saint Benilde, Emilio Aguinaldo College, Far Eastern University, Mapua University, and National University.
Teams play each other once in their respective groups, with the top 2 teams advancing in a crossover playoff.
Like the Blue Eagles, University of the East will also skip the tournament.
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