OPING Sumalinog is among a plethora of former pros who are hoping to get a PBA call-up by way of the D-League.
But with his exploits in the recently-concluded Foundation Cup with Cignal, Sumalinog may have earned a second look from his mother team TnT and other PBA squads.
Sumalinog even starred for Cignal in Game Two of the finals, dropping a team-high 13 points including timely baskets down the stretch as the Hawkeyes swept the Centro Escolar University in the best-of-three finale and claim the crown on Thursday.
Proving he's more than just a scorer, the former Ateneo standout also shone on the defensive end, shutting down scorers from opposing teams.
There are no offers yet from any PBA team, though. But he’s staying patient.
"As of now, tinitingnan ko pa kung ire-renew ako sa TNT," he said. "If may opportunity sa iba (okay lang din). Sa akin, wala naman akong specific team na gusto puntahan.
“Sa lahat ng career ko sa basketball, mula Ateneo, si boss MVP talaga ang nag-alaga sa akin. Mas gusto ko mapunta sa MVP group, at least nandoon pa rin yung loyalty ko. Malaking tulong yung binibigay nila sa akin. Hopefully, may marating ako after ng victory na ito at tuloy pa rin yung trabaho," he added."
While waiting, Sumalinog is savoring Cignal's conquest in the season-ending conference with the team he described as family.
"Isa siyang magandang example ng parang hardwork at trust sa isa’t isa. Buo lang yung team simula ng pumunta ako sa kanila eh. Yung pwede kong masabi na isang word yung team Cignal, it’s all about family," he said.