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  1. #41
    Aside from Nambatac and Quinto, other ex-Squires worth looking into are Aldrin Serafica (NCAA Jrs. mythical five member in 2011), JJ Abao and Anjo Galeon. JJ Abao and Anjo Galeon were team mates in Xavier University's Passarelle team that placed second to LSGH in a Milo tournament in 2009. Back then, they were kings of the hardcourt, but this was before they were recruited into the Squires where inexplicably, they played relatively minor roles. While Galeon may be a bit small for the college game (think Mark Cruz type of small), I think Abao can be developed into a serviceable SG or even a smallish SF. Just saying...

    I heard that Serafica has been doing time in the Knights' Team B. Strange that Cudal made the Team A lineup ahead of him, considering that Cudal was his Squire back-up at center then. Judging from what I saw of him during his Squires stint, he can be developed into a Jonathan Belorio-type of player, if or when he cracks Team A.

  2. #42
    Strange indeed...on Cudal and Serafica. The Knghts needed a big man after "butter fingers" John Foronda opted out of the team and Datang just played for a year. So Cudal was taken in, also as back up to Almazan. But Cudal is just too slow and did not have the "gulang" of Jun Jun Alas to be really effective. How about Villanueva, the big guy of the Season 88 Squires? Is he still with the Squires or is he moving up? He has shown good moves inside the paint and would be an effective inside scorer. He can play the 4 or 5 position, methinks.
    Last edited by knightrider; 02-25-2013 at 03:48 PM.

  3. #43
    ^I think Villanueva will still play for the Squires next year. You're right, though, about him having good moves inside the paint. Maybe he can be developed into a Jam Cortes-type of player, eh?

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    Nambatac shines in High School All-Star Game

    By Reuben Terrado

    March 03, 2013, 07:33 pm

    REY Nambatac sparked a 25-6 finish to lift his Light team to a 92-78 win over Dark team on Sunday in the Seaoil National Basketball Training Center High School All-Star Game at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

    The Letran star stood out from the rest of his high school class, scoring 20 points, six rebounds, six assists, and five steals, and was named Most Valuable Player of the game. Nambatac won the award over 29 other high school stars from all over the country.

    “Hindi ko in-expect na makuha 'yung award kasi equal playing time ng lahat,” said Nambatac. “Go hard lang ako palagi.”

    With his team down by five points, Nambatac began that pivotal flourish by the Brit Reroma-coached Light squad with a short stab before Axel Inigo from San Beda buried a triple for a 77-72 lead.

    Nambatac rolled off seven consecutive points including a fade-away shot with one minute and 24 seconds left in the fourth to push Light’s team to 88-76.

    Led by two-time UAAP juniors MVP Jerie Pingoy of Far Eastern University, Mario Bonleon of La Salle Greenhills, and Kyles Lao of Xavier, Dark opened the second half by taking over the lead after trailing, 36-44.

    Dark even had a 69-61 lead in the early goings of the fourth before Light took over.

    Reggie Morido of National University and Inigo had 15 points each for Dark.

    Bonleon finished with 16 points for Dark, while Pingoy added 11 markers. The Dark team was coached by FEU’s Mike Oliver.

  5. #45
    Rey Nambatac had a heck of a game in the Sea Oil All Star yesterday, but he had a tough time against college opposition in the Fr Martin Cup semis (see related story in your off-season thread). Nambatac is a natural athlete who will have to learn to be a fulltime playmaker in college. Unless he gets a lot stronger, he probably should not be a college off-guard, be more of a combo-guard or become a fulltime athletic pointguard.

    Bong Quinto does not have a college position, as he strictly a high school 5/4 with limited range and handles. Unless he tops off to at least 6-foot-3 there is no way he is playing any of the front court spots in college.

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