PBA D-League: College champions banner tough, record field of 20 teams

Go for Gold—College of Saint Benilde, which ruled the PBA D-League Foundation Cup last year, returns to face a tough, record field that includes collegiate champions Ateneo and San Beda University. File/PBA Media Bureau

MANILA, Philippines—Twenty teams are competing in the 2019 PBA D-League season, which opens at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City on February 14.

Go for Gold—College of Saint Benilde, which ruled the Foundation Cup last year, returns to face a tough field that includes UAAP champion Ateneo de Manila University, NCAA champion San Beda University, and NAASCU champion Saint Clare.

There will be 15 school-based teams participating this year, with the league holding just one tournament instead of two.

League pioneer Centro Escolar University, last season’s back-to-back runner-up Che’Lu Bar Grill, and holdovers Marinerong Pilipino, Batangas-EAC, and AMA Online Education will all take part in the tournament, along with returnees Perpetual Help and Wangs Basketball.

The other UAAP teams in the tournament are Far Eastern University, University of Santo Tomas, and National University.

NCAA contenders Letran and San Sebastian will also participate.

Newcomers Diliman College, Phoenix-Enderun, Trinity College, and McDavid complete the field.

The PBA D-League Draft takes place on Tuesday, January 15, with AMA Online Education making the first pick.

For more sports coverage, visit the ABS-CBN Sports website.


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