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    Marqus Blakely's high school coach applies for UST coaching spot

    Sep 17, 2020

    US-based coach Lenny Reyes, who played in the now defunct MBA, has also applied for the coaching job at University of Santo Tomas.

    "If given the opportunity, I am confident that I can help elevate the success of Tiger basketball to its championship glory by providing stability through three winning principles: Hard work, teamwork, and accountability," he wrote in the cover letter obtained by Spin.ph.

    Reyes was drafted in the second round, 12th overall by Purefoods in the 1996 PBA Draft but was largely used as a practice player.

    He did get his chance in the Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA), where he played for the Cagayan de Oro Nuggets, the Surigao Warriors, and the Batangas Blades until his retirement in 2000.

    A product of Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, Reyes turned to coaching in the US and was able to handle a team that featured Marqus Blakely in Metuchen High School from 2002 to 2004.

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    He also worked as assistant in Colonia High, his alma mater Susquehanna University, and J. P. Stevens High, and also became head coach of South Amboy High School in New Jersey.

    Since 2015, Reyes has been the head coach for Piscataway Tech High School, where he won the championship in the 2019 GMC Gold Division.

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    He joins the growing lost of applicants led by former Alaska resident import Sean Chambers, Rain or Shine deputy Chris Gavina, Thailand head coach Chris Daleo, and UST alumni Siot Tanquingcen and Aris Dimaunahan.

    Others who expressed their intent were Chris Cantonjos, Estong Ballesteros, Ed Cordero, Gilbert Lao, Potit de Vera, and Jinino Manansala.


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