Batang Gilas to use MCBL as preparation for FIBA Asia Cup

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IT’S TIME to separate the boys from men.

That’s the mentality of Batang Gilas national team which will compete in the Marikina City Basketball League (MCBL), an event being participated by players competing in the open division and joined in by ex-pro players.

Chris Bautista, tournament commissioner of MCBL, told BusinessWorld that they’ve already received participation from Batang Gilas, which is gearing up its preparation for the coming FIBA Asia Cup Under-16.

“Batang Gilas joined because they want to use it as part of their training for FIBA Asia Cup,” wrote Mr. Bautista in an online interview.

Batang Gilas will be led by Kai Sotto, the 6-foot-10, 14-year-old son of former PBA player Ervin Sotto.

Aside from Batang Gilas, other teams competing in the MCBL are Hobe Bihon, Sta. Lucia Realty, Quick Print, L&J Spa, 2GO Home and Team Mendiola.

Mr. Bautista added that they are still waiting for confirmation from FEU-NRMF, Tito Rex Steak House and several other collegiate teams.

The MCBL’s new season will start on Sunday, Oct. 15. – Rey Joble