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Zamboanga City brings core of a champion squad in VisMin Cup

ZAMBOANGA City is a mixed of youth and experience but no push in the Mindanao leg of the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup.

Leading the squad owned by Councilor Pinpin Pareja and Michael Dela Cruz are Mac Cardona, Larry Rodriguez, Jhonard Clarito and Aaron Jeruta – practically the core of the Go for Gold-San Juan Knights that won the 2018-19 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup.

Joining the ex-San Juan Knights quartet is a knight of a different kind in 22-year-old Letran floor general Fran Yu.

Letran athletic director and NCAA Season 96 president Fr. Vic Calvo has already transmitted Yu’s special guest license application to the Games and Amusements Board (GAB) last May 12 and now under the process of reviewed of pro basketball division head Dioscoro Bautista.

Former PBA No.5 draftee and MPBL veteran Gabby Espinas and gunner Jaypee Belencion will also play as “imports” for Zamboanga City.

Zamboanguenos Jens Knuttel, Rudy Lingganay, Med Salim, and Kyle Neypes lead the homegrown talents of the team. Completing the squad are Jonathan Parreno, Jayson Rebollos, Jeff Bernardo, Totoh Indahan, Jerome Ferrer, Wang Alvarez, and Niel Jumao-as.

Serving as head coach of the team is Ateneo de Zamboanga mentor Tony Pardo. He will be joined by assistant coaches Ronie Gallo and Ken Basiri; strength and conditioning coaches Glenn Archangel and Robelino Sardena; and staff member Raymond Mapanao and Jaytone Rakim.

The Mindanao leg of the tournament is set to tip-off on May 30 in a province set to be announced this week.

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