BROTHERS usually play against each other or play together in a basketball game. Seldom do you see one coach the other.
Count Chester and Mike Tolomia among those rare cases.
Chester, the one-time PBA player, now serves as one of the assistant coaches of the Zambales M-Builders in the D-League Aspirants Cup where younger brother Mike is one of the team’s key players.
They Said It!
“Hindi ako sanay na magkasama kami sa isang team. First time namin magkasama." - Zambales M-Builders player Mike Tolomia
When Chester joined the staff of coach Junel Mendiola, it marked one rare time that he and the 20-year-old Mike have found themselves together in one team.
“Hindi ako sanay na magkasama kami sa isang team. First time namin magkasama,” admitted Mike, the youngest in a brood of four.
The case of the Tolomias recalled a similar situation Derrick and Dindo Pumaren had with Purefoods, and before that with Derrick and Franz Pumaren at San Miguel, although both cases happened in the PBA.
Mike admitted Chester, the second oldest among the Tolomia siblings, was not necessarily the one who taught him the game, although the high-flying guard out of University of Perpetual Help who had stints with Ginebra, Sta. Lucia, Coca-Cola, and Magnolia in the PBA, was a source of inspiration for him.
“Hindi naman talaga niya ako tinuruan. Simula nung matuto ako maglaro, siya lang ‘yung nag-motivate sa akin,” Mike said of Chester, who at 33-years-old, still looks fit enough to play.
His brother's inspiration is proving to be a big help for Mike, who’s having a solid basketball career in college playing for Far Eastern University where he is being primed as the school’s next star after Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia made the jump to the PBA.
In the D-League, however, Mike is careful not to relax playing for Zambales M-Builders.
“Kapag sa practice, hindi ako puwedeng mag-relax,” Mike stressed.