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    Journeyman Leo Gabo finally a champion as St. Clare rules D-League

    Oct 15, 2019
    PHOTO: Dante Peralta

    LEO Gabo is finally a champion after BRT Sumisip Basilan-St. Clare completed the fightback against Marinerong Pilipino and claim the 2019 PBA D-League Foundation Cup title.

    It's a big achievement, especially after a stint with the controversial Mila's Lechon squad in the developmental ranks last season.

    Gabo did not elaborate on his abrupt exit from the Mighty Roasters, but said the experience did help.

    "Sabi nga nila, always do good and God will do the rest," he said.

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    "Tingin ko yun yung talagang lowest of lows ko. Yung stint ko sa Mila's Lechon, naglaro ako ng first game pero umalis na rin ako kasi hindi ko rin gusto yung pamamalakad nila."

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    It didn't take long before that Mighty Roasters side found themselves embroiled in game-fixing allegations that forced the management to pull out four games into the 2018 Aspirants' Cup.

    Gabo, luckily, was out of the team then, but was struggling to find his footing outside of Mapua.

    He was coming off of a collegiate run with the Cardinals where they never made it to the Final Four, and was part of the bench-clearing brawl involving Mapua and Emilio Aguinaldo College.

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      "Kahit sa college, hindi rin naman makulay yung collegiate career ko," he rued as he took his talents to the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL), playing for the Quezon City Capitals and eventually, with the Basilan Steel.

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      And after all the heartaches, Gabo's time came on Monday, with the 5-foot-9 guard posting 12 points, seven assists, and five rebounds for the Saints in their 63-60 Game Three victory over the Skippers to win the crown.

      "Sobrang sarap na andito ako ngayon. Kumbaga, kung anuman yung nangyari sa akin in the past, okay na ako roon," he said.

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