WITH a line-up boosted by former pros and collegiate standouts, Pasig-Sta. Lucia is out to prove it has what it takes in the inaugural season of Filbasket, the country’s newest cage league.
Bannered by veterans Jeric Teng, Ruddy Lingganay, and Jeckster Apinan, spitfire playmaker Ryan Costelo said the squad is raring to prove its worth.
“Ang maganda sa team namin, kahit sinong hugutin, kayang mag-perform, kaya magpanalo ng team,” Costelo told Malaya-Business Insight yesterday.
“Iyong mga starter namin ay talagang mga beterano, iyong bench nagpe-perform sila kapag hindi nag-perform iyong mga unang ginamit. Kahit sinong hugutin sa amin talagang magpe-perform,” he added.
The 5-foot-6 former San Sebastian College skipper said Pasig-Sta. Lucia coach Bong Dela Cruz is pushing his charges to be in top shape.
“Talagang pinu-push niya kami every practice na may matutunan at ma-kondisyon.
Individually, talagang nagpapa-kondisyon kami kasi ayaw niyang nakikita kaming tatamad-tamad, magagalit siya,” Costelo said. “Iyon ang maganda kay coach Bong, talagang pinu-push niya ang team na magpa-kondisyon.”
Completing the team are Cedrick Ablaza, Jeo Ambohot, Felix Apreku, Justin Arana, Jerald Bautista, Pierce Chan, Clark Derige, Yvan Ludovice, Tristan Medina, Erwin Peña, and John Rey Villanueva.
Eleven teams are set to see action in the maiden edition of the league, among them the Davao Tigers, San Juan Knights, and Basilan, who are also playing in the MPBL.