BLACKWATER Sports began its lineup retooling in the PBA D-League ahead of its planned move to the pros by signing former Barangay Ginebra draftee Reil Cervantes.
The decision to sign up Cervantes came following his stellar stint with Big Chill, which finished runner-up in the Aspirants Cup behind champions NLEX Road Warriors.
Big Chill coach Robert Sison confirmed Cervantes is, indeed, bound for Blackwater after a fruitful one-conference stint with the Superchargers.
“He will sign up with Blackwater. He just had a conference-long contract with us,” said Sison.
Cervantes’ signing is seen as one of the moves by Blackwater as the team prepares to finish its final D-League campaign with a bang when it defends its Foundation Cup title.
Cervantes had a remarkable conference with Big Chill after spending most of his time sitting on the bench during a forgettable PBA stint that saw him picked ninth overall by Barangay Ginebra in the 2011 PBA draft.
He ended up as one of the candidates for the Most Valuable Player award of the Aspirants Cup.
Sison said the former Far Eastern University stalwart’s move to Blackwater has the blessings of team management.
“Our team owner James Tiu, coaches, and the whole team welcome the career move of Reil and we are expecting him to be back in the PBA real soon through Blackwater,” said Sison.
“We can say that we are proud to be instrumental in making players fulfill their goals of going to the big league.”
Cervantes is considered a free agent in the pro league and can be readily signed by any team.
Blackwater Sports is looking to move over the PBA after recently submitting a letter of intent to the league.