SINGAPORE – A member of the Indonesian men’s basketball team that took the Gilas Pilipinas cadets to the limit in the gold-medal match of the 28th Southeast Asian Games is actually a half-Filipino.
His name is Biboy Enguio.
A former University of the East player, Enguio was part of the Indonesia team that won a silver in the SEA Games after bowing to the Philippines, 72-64, in a fiercely fought match on Monday night.
“Kasi ‘yung father ko, Indonesian. Half ako,” said the player known as Ebrahim Enguio in Indonesia. He has played professional ball with Aspac for three years.
Before playing in Indonesia, Enguio suited up for the UE Red Warriors were he was a former teammate of Paul Lee in his final year in 2011. He also played against some of the members of the Gilas cadets team in college.
Enguio, who scored seven points in the final, said it was an honor playing against the Philippine team.
“Sobrang lakas nila. Sobrang saya ko rin dahil dati napapanood ko lang sila, ngayon, nakalaban ko sila,” said Enguio.
For Enguio, the silver shone like gold for the Indonesian side.
“Pangarap din ng team na ‘to (na maka-silver). Alam nila na malakas din ang Pilipinas. Happy rin ako na nakakuha ako ng silver sa SEA Games,” said the 27-year-old.