He will be the Warriors’ main man at the post this season, and he readily validated that role by posting impressive numbers of 8.5 points and 6.8 rebounds a game during the pre-season. The figures were obviously marked improvements of his 4.6 points and 4.6 rebounds average a season ago while suiting up for 20 minutes per game with the team. The second year center spent his high school days with San Beda.
Mark Javier had trained his sights on a better showing after falling short the last time in Beijing, but wound up falling at the same stage in London.
In Beijing, Javier was seeded 36th after shooting 654 in the ranking round featuring 64 archers from 37 nations. That score set up a meeting in the round of 64 with No. 29 Kuo Cheng Wei of Chinese Taipei, but the Filipino fell just short, 102-106.
He finished fifth in the men’s division of the individual recurve event in the World Championships recently in Utah, earning a spot in the Olympics because several competitors who placed higher have already previously booked tickets to London.
Seeded sixth, Javier defeated Jan Rijavec of Slovenia, 7-3, then scored a 6-2 win over Bjarne Marius Laursen, conqueror of Filipino Paul Marton Dela Cruz in the previous round.
Javier was nipped by Elias Malave of Venezuela, 6-5, in the quarterfinals, but had the best score among those who were eliminated in that phase to take fifth spot.
In London, however, Javier took a 1-7 beating at the hands of American Brady Ellison in their head-to-head, round of 32 match.
Javillonar is another member of the PH Youth team that finished fourth in the FIBA Asia Under-16 Championship three years ago under Altamirano. A 6-3 forward who suited up for Rizal Technological University in high school, he averaged 5.8 ppg and 5.1 rpg in 12 games with the Bulldogs last year.