Negros Muscovados will field a squad loaded with local talent when they join the Mumbaki Cup of the MPBL (Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League) which is scheduled to open on June 12. According to team owner John Gilbor, 10 Negrenses have been entered as negotiations are underway for 10 more players to bolster a roster aimed at qualifying for the playoffs on their first stint in the top regional league in the country. country. Gilbor, owner of Silvergraces Construction and Construction Supply in Pontevedra and Bacolod City, said he considers Moscovados to be 70 percent Negrenses. “I want to promote the local talent of Negros. Encourage young people to strive to come to the MPBL and show their courage on national television,” said Gilbor, also general manager of Moscovados, owned by his father Engr. Bernabe Gilbor. With team scrums still banned due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gilbor said his quarters have so far been doing individual training. Bacolodnons Jafet Claridad, Francis John Pareno, Jeric Adorio, Janus Calma, Jaycee Adjei, Rolly Jaca and Christopher Menguez are in the fold with Patric Dave Yulo from Binalbagan, Ritcher Santillan from Sagay City and Jonathan Gantalao Jr. Menquez and Claridad from Canlaon City have the MPBL experience, while Adorio was a former light bomber star at Jose Rizal University. Joining them is former Cebu Shark Alfred Codilla. Gibor said they will be recruiting other great men soon.
Jerome Aledron from UNO-R (University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos) is hired to train the Moscovados. He will be assisted by Joephil Cercado of the University of San Agustin, Edmund Sibaya, Ireneo Morales and conditioning coach Jay Divinagracia. Gilbor believes the Muscuvados will be competitive as they will play with great pride, having a winning tradition to maintain like the Negros Slashers of the late MBA (Metropolitan Basketball Association). Gilbor met with Senator Manny Pacquiao, COO and founder of MPBL, on February 8 to formalize their entry into the league. MPBL Commissioner Kenneth Duremdes said Negros would be a welcome addition to the growing MPBL family. The Moscovados will be the West Visayas’ third MPBL team and 32nd overall. The Iloilo United Royals and Bacolod Master Sardines joined the 2019 MPBL Chooks-to-Go Lakan season which only ended last March in a bubble setup in Subic. The Davao Occidental Tigers emerged as champions after beating the San Juan Knights 3-1 in the national final. If the national health situation does not improve, the MPBL plans to return to Subic for its fourth season.
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