PBA On Tour: NLEX vs. Blackwater Preseason Showdown - Exciting Basketball Action 2023

THE PBA On Tour, a special event organized by the league to accommodate Gilas Pilipinas’ preparation for the FIBA World Cup while the regular season is on hold, is finally set to kick off. The inaugural match will feature NLEX going head-to-head against Blackwater at the Caloocan Sports Complex in Bagumbong, Caloocan, on Sunday. Presented by Arena Plus with Bingo Plus as the primary sponsor, this highly anticipated 5 p.m. showdown will provide a glimpse into NLEX’s progress under the guidance of coach Frankie Lim, as well as offer a preview of Blackwater’s new direction under the debut of coach Jeffrey Cariaso.
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Both teams will compete with their existing lineups in this preseason series, which involves a round-robin format without playoffs or a championship series.

During the previous season, the Road Warriors found themselves in the middle of the pack, finishing sixth in the eliminations of both the Philippine Cup and the Governors’ Cup and ninth in the Commissioner’s Cup.

On the other hand, the Bossing gained momentum and secured a spot in the playoffs during the All-Filipino conference, only to face early exits in the subsequent two reinforced tournaments due to a series of unfortunate injuries to key players.

For the “On Tour” series, both teams have made minimal changes to their rosters. Instead, the focus now lies on building chemistry and adapting to the playing systems their respective new coaches implement.

Taking over from Ariel Vanguardia, Cariaso inherits a talented squad led by intelligent guards such as JV Casio, Baser Amer, and Rashawn McCarthy. Alongside them, the roster includes RK Ilagan, Mike Digregorio, Rey Suerte, Renato Ular, James Sena, Troy Rosario, Tyrus Hill, Richard Escoto, Mike Ayonayon, Rey Publico, Joshua Torralba, Yousef Taha, and Gab Banal.

Meanwhile, Lim will have a strong lineup at his disposal, spearheaded by Kevin Alas, Don Trollano, Sean Anthony, and the SEA Games gold medal-winning player Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser. Complementing them are Tzaddy Rangel, Reden Celda, Mike Miranda, Clint Doliguez, Kris Rosales, Philip Paniamogan, Matt Nieto, Dominic Fajardo, Hesed Gabo, Bong Galanza, and Anthony Semerad. Additionally, the team includes the seasoned veteran Asi Taulava.


In conclusion, the commencement of the PBA On Tour brings excitement to basketball enthusiasts as NLEX and Blackwater prepare to showcase their progress and adapt to their new coaching staff. The preseason series is a valuable opportunity for both teams to establish synergy and master the playing systems. As the tournament unfolds, fans eagerly anticipate thrilling matches and outstanding performances from these talented rosters.

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