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    PBL/PABL Greats Who Never Quite Became PBA Greats

    There have been many great PBL/PABL players who went on to have rousing careers in the PBA. Alvin Patrimonio, Hector Calma, Benjie Paras, Nelson Asaytono, Olsen Racela, Willy Miller, Eric Menk, were all PBL/PABL superstars who became at one time or another ROYs and/or MVPs and/or Mythical 5 Members and/or named one of the 25 Greatest Players in the PBA.

    But what about those PBL/PABL superstars who did not quite translate their amateur success into PBA success?

    Foremost among these would arguably have to be Sani Cabatu, the strapping 6-foot-5 center who was a PABL MVP and spent his PBA career as a journeyman. Cabatu was big and strong but found that in the PBA that really did not count for much. His stiff hands and robotic mechanics were simply no match for the lithe, fluid athletes he went up against such as Abet Guidaben and Mon Fernandez, and the highly skilled power forwards like Ricky Relosa, Terry Saldana and Yoyoy Villamin. There was no questioning his toughness and work ethic, but Cabatu simply did not have the talent and skill to duplicate his PABL MVP stature in the PBA.

    Ricric Marata was perhaps one of the greatest shooting pointguards in the PABL in his time, a guy who had the quickness, strength, toughness and moxie to efficiently run a team. While he had a few productive seasons in the PBA and even won a couple of 3-point shootouts in the All Star games, he never quite became a PBA Great. While no one knocked his talent, he seemed to be one of those players who just could not find consistency in the PBA.

    Bennet Palad was a UAAP and PABL superstar known for his scoring prowess, able to knock the ball into the basket from seemingly all angles. But when he went to the PBA his best seasons were with a very weak Ginebra/Anejo squad along with Cabatu. His inability to play any kind of defense and selfish tendencies soon saw him out of a contract when Ginebra brought in its second generation of superstars in the mid-1990's like Vince Hizon, Noli Locsin, Marlou Aquino and Bal David.

    Who else can we add to this list?


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    Re: PBL/PABL Greats Who Never Quite Became PBA Greats

    I cant remember if Johndel Cardel played for PBA. But if he did, he's a dissapoinment.

    Also Marlon Legaspi.

    Im thinking of Tristan Codamon but im pretty sure he did not play in the PBA. ;D
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    Re: PBL/PABL Greats Who Never Quite Became PBA Greats

    Cardel played for the Shell Turbochargers and the Sta. Lucia Realtors if im not mistaken..
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    Quote Originally Posted by cub
    Cardel played for the Shell Turbochargers and the Sta. Lucia Realtors if im not mistaken..
    * * *Johnedel Cardel played in the PBA for Alaska (1993-1994), Santa Lucia (1995-1996) and Shell (1997) before moving on to the MBA to star for the Negros Slashers (1998-2001) and Olongapo Volunteers (2002).

    * * *In the PBL, he was one of the many certified stars of Magnolia Ice Cream.

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    Re: PBL/PABL Greats Who Never Quite Became PBA Greats

    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Knight
    I cant remember if Johndel Cardel played for PBA. But if he did, he's a dissapoinment.

    Also Marlon Legaspi.

    Im thinking of Tristan Codamon but im pretty sure he did not play in the PBA.* ;D
    codamon former king falcon?

    maybe chester tolomia fits the bill. rysal castro, ervin sotto, gilbert malabanan, jojo manalo, eugene tan(PBL forever), eric dela cuesta, frederick canlas, gerard jones, al magpayo.....

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    Re: PBL/PABL Greats Who Never Quite Became PBA Greats

    Gerard Jones never played in the PBA. He was not drafted.

    I have to say Magtulis and Bacani.
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    Re: PBL/PABL Greats Who Never Quite Became PBA Greats

    Andy de Guzman was also a force in the PBL/PABL but never got his game elevated to the pro ranks.

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    Re: PBL/PABL Greats Who Never Quite Became PBA Greats

    well, he was on his way to stardom, i think, when he blew out his knee. those were the days when an ACL tear was still literally a career-killer. eh ngayon, an ACL injury is increasingly being regarded as an "enforced vacation." ;D
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    Re: PBL/PABL Greats Who Never Quite Became PBA Greats

    Naron? Quiday? Postanes?


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    Re: PBL/PABL Greats Who Never Quite Became PBA Greats

    The former Perpetual (?) tandem of Chester Tolomia and Gilbert Malabanan were PBL/PABL stars who never quite translated their game into the PBA. Tolomia's case is particularly intriguing since he had the requisite guard tools of size, strength, speed, springs and shooting. In his last fulltime stint in the PBL with Welcoat he was a nearly unstoppable scoring machine inside and out, along with PBA returnee and another PBL great Jojo Tangkay. How the heck skills that high could not quite find a place in the PBA is beyond me. Speaking of Tangkay, his return to the PBA via the Welcoat Dragons figures as his second chance at PBA stardom after an abbreviated stint with Shell (?) sometime in the late-1990's to early 2000's.

    Malabanan, the player with the fighting name, is a 6-foot-4 forward with very good athleticism and a steady middle-range jumpshot. He could have become one of the better PBA small forwards but just could not seem to hang on to a regular roster spot, his last PBA job I think was with Barangay Ginebra when the Gin Kings played with an injury and RP Team decimated lineup. Malabanan is back in the PBL now.

    FEU star forwards Miko Roldan and Stevens Victoria were highly touted PBL players who displayed a lot of skill and toughness but were just a bit on the small side to play their natural positions in the PBA. Victoria was drafted by Purefoods but was waived after a couple conferences while Roldan just could not latch on to a fulltime PBA job.
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