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    Cebuana Lhuillier Gems sign Fil-Tongan Moala Tautuaa for next PBA D-League campaign

    Mar 5, 2015
    Fil-Tongan Moala Tautuaa, a potential top pick in the coming PBA Rookie Draft, has joined the Gems after his one-conference stint with Cagayan Valley. Jerome Ascano

    MOALA Tautuaa has signed up for the Cebuana Lhuillier Gems for the PBA D-League Foundation Cup.

    Cebuana Lhuillier consultant Bong Ramos on Thursday confirmed to Spin.ph that Tautuaa will be joining the Gems after a stint with the Cagayan Valley Rising Suns in the Foundation Cup where he led the team to the finals.

    "Welcome to the Cebuana Lhuillier Gems family @Tautuaa33," wrote the Cebuana Lhuillier Gems on their official Twitter account @CLGems.

    The move of Tautuaa, who was picked first by Cagayan Valley in last year’s rookie draft, came after the Fil-Tongan's one-conference contract with the Rising Suns recently expired.

    As expected, a lot of teams showed interest in Tautuaa at the end of his stint with the Rising Suns, including Aspirants Cup champion Hapee Toothpaste, sources said.

    The athletic big man, a potential top pick in this year’s PBA Rookie Draft, is a Gem of a catch for a Cebuana side that made it to the semifinals of the Aspirants Cup but bowed to Cagayan Valley in the best-of-three series that went the full route.

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    Tautuaa, however, could not lead Cagayan Valley to the Aspirants Cup title, the team losing to Hapee via sweep in the title series last month.

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    The Foundation Cup will open on March 12.

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