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Kib Montalbo thinking business… Did Gary David hide injury to secure Mahindra contract?… Jarin on way to NU



“I really want to invest in something,” shares Montalbo. For the explosive rookie Ricci Rivero from La Salle Greenhills, business is also his calling. “And to have a happy family!” he adds. As for Coach Aldin Ayo, his debut season might have turned out to be a beautiful swan song for graduating members Teng and Torres. Nevertheless, it being a winning season made it memorable for the NCAA 91 titlist. “Next year, ang hirap humanap ng Jeron Teng,” Ayo said at the post-Game 2 press con. “But we’re still very optimistic for next year. Kukuha ako ng mga matiryales ko. Magiging mas magulo kami next year.” ABS – CBN Sports


The Green Archers have been busy with victory parties and television appearances after ruling the Season 79 basketball tournament, but Ayo is not keen on taking a long break and is eager to round up the squad right after the holidays. “I told them we are going to resume January,” said Ayo.


“He’s very dedicated,” AMA coach Mark Herrera said of Teng, whom he sees as the logical first choice in the 2016 PBA. “I’ve seen him grow since high school [in Xavier] and whenever he plays, he always gives his 101 percent.”


Still searching for its first franchise semifinals berth, AMA Online Education is set to get a significant boost to its roster as it owns the top pick in the 2016 PBA D-League Draft on December 20 at PBA Cafe in Metrowalk, Pasig. “We’re sure that Jeron Teng be our first pick,” he said. Fox Sports Asia


STILL in search of its first franchise semifinals berth, AMA Online Education is set to get a significant boost to its roster as it owns the top pick in the 2016 PBA D-League Draft on Dec. 20 at PBA Cafe in Metrowalk, Pasig. And coach Mark Herrera wasted no time making his intentions clear on who he will get first in the 128-man pool. “We’re sure that Jeron Teng be our first pick,” he said. Manila Standard


Mahindra coach Chris Gavina is hopeful his team’s revolving door of players will finally stop. “I really hope so,” he said. “I think he has a minor meniscus tear, which is non-invasive but it’s still gonna take time for him to heal. We’re not gonna force him to come back. If anything, we’re gonna get him 100 percent and ready for our next conference.”


Tough luck continues to hound veteran gunner Gary David in his PBA comeback at Mahindra as he was diagnosed to have a minor meniscus tear (MCL) in his left knee. Curiously, David got his injury way back last conference at San Miguel before tagging along with Mahindra two weeks ago as a free agent signee. The four-time scoring champion still played for a single game for Mahindra –a lopsided loss to Rain or Shine– after signing a one-season deal. “He (David) may have had it prior to being signed and just recently confirmed the diagnosis last week,” Gavina told FOX Sports on Monday. Fox Sport Asia


“What I did was a rookie mistake. Coach’s instruction for me was to drive, but I felt it’s better if I fire a jump shot,” an apologetic Eriobu said. “Sa totoo lang, natakot ako kay Arwind. (To be honest, I was scared of Arwind.)” “Joseph is a tremendous talent,” Gavina said. “I don’t even think he knows what his true potential is yet. He’s having fun out there, which is good. Him and Russel (Escoto) are really learning game-to-game, but it’s just their energy and their willingness to get better at practice, that’s what’s really paying off for them now in the games.”


Looking at this Mahindra stint as his biggest break yet, Jeric Teng is just humbled by his new lease on life. “I’m happy that I still have the opportunity to play in the PBA,” he said.


“Sa pagkakaalam ko, wala pa namang pirmahan between coach Jamike and NU. I think lahat only verbal commitment so far. But the fact na nagpaalam na siya na buo ang pasya niya, I’m assuming na matutuloy ‘yun,” said the team insider, who was privy to the development but spoke on the condition of anonymity. “During the season, kinukulit na talaga siya ni NU. Ang sabi niya (Jarin), hindi siya aalis kung hindi talaga maganda ang offer sa kanya. But since nagpaalam na siya sa amin, I think na maganda ang offer sa kanya,” said the insider, adding Jarin plans to bring with him his top confidant, Dennis Llames, to the Bulldogs’ camp. Fox Sports Asia


National University’s coaching search did not take long. The Bulldogs have their guy, according to sources, and it is none other than NCAA champion coach Jamike Jarin. Sources furthered that it is only a matter of time before the official announcement as Jarin has already bid farewell to San Beda College. ABS – CBN Sports


According to a source within San Beda, Jarin had an uneasy relationship with team supporters and alumni following the Red Lions’ failed six-peat bid during NCAA Season 91 during 2015 where they lost to arch-rival Letran. Although San Beda regained the crown this past Season 92 at the expense of Arellano University, some quarters were still unhappy with the way the team performed during the tournament. Jarin isn’t the only San Beda coach to tender his resignation. Red Cubs head coach JB Sison, who was unable to defend the Juniors crown this past campaign, losing to the Mapua Red Robins, likewise stepped down. Sison led SBC to two titles after succeeding Britt Reroma. Philstar


Interestingly, another former champion coach with the Red Lions, Frankie Lim, was considered also for the NU vacancy following the resignation of former tactician Eric Altamirano who steered the Bulldogs to its first UAAP title in 61 years last 2014. On the other hand, Boyet Fernandez, who steered the Red Lions to the NCAA summit, is reportedly set to make a return to the Lions’ den. Fernandez moved back up to the pro ranks in 2014 as head coach of the NLEX Road Warriors. He was replaced this off-season by Yeng Guiao. Philstar


Jason Brickman will finally see action in the Philippines as he headlines the Fil-foreign aspirants who will test their luck in the 2016 PBA D-League Draft on December 20 at PBA Cafe in Metrowalk, Pasig. The Fil-Am guard has been one of the most intriguing prospects after he and now-Phoenix Fuel Master guard Matthew Wright led the Ariel Vanguardia-coached Westports Malaysia Dragons to the 2016 ASEAN Basketball League championship. But he’s not the lone bluechip Fil-foreign player joining the field. Known as a reliable scorer, Davon Potts will also make the leap.


“PSSBC is one tough tournament as it gathers the elite high school teams from the country so we are thankful for all their help,” said Antonio during the opening of the 5th PSSBC MEC Networks Cup last Sunday at the Chiang Kai Shek College gym in Tondo. “We now have a good number of talented players in the Batang Gilas program because of PSSBC.”