CEBU CITY – Local hoops hero and former pro Jercules 'Jojo' Tangkay finally made an appearance in Day Three of the five-day tryouts for spots on the Casino Active-Cebu Ninos team competing in the second season of the Maharlike Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL).
Contrary to an earlier report that claimed the former Southwestern University King Cobra was present during the tryouts on Tuesday, Tangkay only made it to the Capitol Parish gym on Wednesday after arriving earlier in the day from Bohol where he played in a “ligang labas.”
Still looking incredibly lean and fit for a 41 year old, the lefty wingman drafted in 2001 by Sta. Lucia, did not even participate in the on-court activities and watched from the sidelines with another local standout who is also being eyed by the Ninos, Ferdinand Lusdoc.
Tangkay shared that as much as he would like to play for his home team, he already has a standing offer from the Zamboanga Valientes.
However, he is more than willing to hear the pitch of Casino Active officials and later, decide on what team he would play for.
Tangkay said he will be joining the others on the court on Thursday.
“Actually, before pa lang nag-start ang first season ng MPBL, the officials there in Zamboanga already offered me and several other players the chance to play for their team. That plan didn’t go through but once they finally settled on having a team, they once again contacted me,” said Tangkay, a two-time MVP of the defunct Philippine Basketball League.
Also getting offers from Zamboanga were former pro Reed Juntilla, the Daa brothers Dennis and Dino, and former Letran Knight Hafer Mondragon among others.
Ninos head coach, Gilbert Castillo, was thrilled at the sight of Tangkay.
“I’m glad to see him here, to see that he is interested in joining the team. Hopefully, our talks with him are fruitful and we’ll be able to have him on this team,” said Castillo.
According to Casino Active spokesperson Jerome Calatrava, Castillo will meet with team manager Mark Castillo and the other officials to set the best course of action regarding Tangkay.