Leo Avenido to join ex-PBA player Reed Juntilla in Zamboanga side for MPBL debut
Leo Avenido is taking his act to the MPBL by way of expansion team Zamboanga. Dante Peralta

LEO Avenido will be suiting up for one of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League’s newest teams, the Zamboanga Valientes.

Team owner Yacub Ati confirmed to SPIN.ph that Avenido will be playing for the Valientes once he wraps up his stint in the Thailand professional league with the Bangkok Tiger Thunder.

Avenido, 38, will join fellow ex-pros Reed Juntilla and Jonathan Parreno, Von Lanete, Grev Rublico, and Eric Miraflores in the Valientes lineup to be coached by Ednie Morones.

Morones is still in the process of completing the roster.

“Reed Juntilla will be the one to guide the young players from Zamboanga while Jonathan Parreno wants to prove he has more to show aside from his three-point shooting,” said Ati.

Ati said the Zamboanguenos are excited to see their players get a chance to show their wares on a national stage.

“Zamboanga is also in search of the next Mark Barroca and maybe this is the right time we can discover one,” said Ati.

Ati also said the team is planning to hire former Asean Basketball League (ABL) head coach Raha Mortel and AMA head coach Mark Herrera as assistant coaches.

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