Mindanao Aguilas eager to rebound after tough maiden stint in D-League
Aguilas management sees a bright future for the squad featuring Gino Jumao-as and other top players from Mindanao. Dante Peralta

THE ZC Mindanao Aguilas will continue to participate in the PBA D-League despite a heartbreaking early exit from the Aspirants Cup.

The ZC Mindanao Aguilas missed the quarterfinals after winning only one game in seven games but team manager Sergie Ben Orillo said several games were very close and the results were actually impressive for a new team.

“Lumaban mga players ng Zamboanga kahit bago ’yung team,” said Orillo.

“Babawi kami sa second conference.”

Orillo said the squad also plans to lure more players from Mindanao to beef up the line-up. One of their targets is Mike Tolomia, who is from Zamboanga. He also said Topstar will also be supporting the Aguilas’ next campaign.

“Sana makalaro si Mike Tolomia sa kanyang city. We will welcome him with open arms,” said Orillo.

It was the pro-bound Tolomia who helped the Phoenix Accelerators win the game against the Aguilas in their final game of the conference, registering a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds in the 90-80 win.

Dexter Garcia and Gino Jumao-as showed promise ad Orillo is hoping to find more talented players from Mindanao.

“We will continue to help Mindanao players so that they can achieve their dream of making it to the PBA someday,” said Orillo, who also credited Zamboanga City representative Lilia Nuño for the development of the team.


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