By John Paulo Salvador
Manila, Philippines– Coach Manu Inigo led squad has sealed five players for Red Cubs for upcoming NCAA Season 96 juniors basketball tournament. Two from Jose Maria College (JMC) Kings, Davao, two also from University of the East (UE) Junior Warriors and one from Quezon Province.
As the team continued its legacy in the NCAA junior basketball tourneys. Coach Manu told BurnSports.Ph that during the MPBL quarter-finals held in Davao City, he saw the two top prospects in the town, Reginald Ching, a 6-foot-3 guard, and James Payosing.
”I am part of the coaching staff of Davao Occidental Tigers Cocolife, nagkataon when we were in Davao, si coach Nonoy Bonleon sinabihan ako na friend niya ang coach nila Reginald and James. May game sila that time so he invited me to watch the game. ’Dun ko nakita si Shoti and James and after I saw them, kinausap ko na sila agad if they wanted to play for San Beda, ” said Manu.
When coach Manu Inigo saw the two, he knew already that they will be good for the team’s additional as they will defend the crown in the NCAA junior basketball.
”Magagaling maglaro and nakita ko din yun disiplina nila sa court. Very gifted and skilled talaga si James and Shoti that’s why I was very interested in getting them to play for San Beda, ” he added.
Ching and Payosing are both eyed of some UAAP and NCAA teams but chose to commit to San Beda.
“I chose Beda ‘di dahil si coach Manu yung unang nag approach sakin among the other coaches but nakita and nakilala ko rin yung team nila and alam ko sa sarili ko na nasa tamang team and coach ako. Alam kong tutulungan at hindi nila ako pababayaan. Marami akong gustong ma-improve sa bawat laro ko and sa tulong ng team at ni coach Manu alam kong ma-aachieve ko yun,” said former NBTC and Palarong Pambansa representative, James Payosing.
Red Cubs head coach Manu Inigo also told BurnSports.Ph that the Beda Juniors have also secured the commitments of 6-foot-4 Michael Mara and 6-foot-2 Vhoris Marasigan a former UE junior warriors upon the arrival of coach Anthony Brody Brodett and coach Joe Silva.
The champion coach added that he expects both Mara and Marasigan to step-up with Payosing and Ching to be the main contributors on offense under Red Cubs.
“Nakita ko yun composure nila and yung discipline nila inside the court—tapos matatangkad na bata pa at athletic talaga kaya alam namin na babagay sila sa team namin. Blessed kami na samin sila nagtiwala na ipagpatuloy ang basketball careers nila—sa San Beda,” said Manu.
Mara and Marasigan joins the Red Cubs recruits from Quezon Province— John Mowell Morales aside from Davao Ballers.
SBU Junior basketball team are now starting virtual training with the teams’ mainstay and returnees.
Davao Ballers are set to fly to Manila in no time now depending on the current nation pandemic situations.
Power forward Michael Mara assured the Beda community that they will do their best to continue the legacy for Red Cubs
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