AFTER a sterling performance in previous tournaments, three Ilonggo cagers are set to play for Manila-based basketball teams.
Ralph Bajon, Franc Steven Tono and Jemar Cepriano, all from Sta. Clarita International School (SCIS) Primes, got tickets to the big league after their notable plays in the recent National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) League National Finals.
Bajon will join the Far Eastern University Baby Tamaraws in UAAP juniors basketball, where he will be reunited with former Primes teammate Marc Jimenez.
Tono and Cepriano were recruited recently by the Colegio de San Juan de Letran Squires in a tryout conducted last week in Iloilo City.
According to Sta. Clarita head coach Rodel Camacho, his players will have a good future after being recruited by powerhouse teams.
“Baby Tamaraws head coach Allan Albano have assured him that Bajon will play a key role for FEU as a replacement to another former Primes in John Bryan Sajonia, who is to be elevated to FEU’s college team,” Camacho added.
The multi-awarded coach also revealed that Letran is happy to select two Ilonggos who can bring good games to the team.
Aside from three Primes, Sta. Clarita gunner Wilmer Dalumpines also got a tryout invite from the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, where he will be battling for a spot in the school’s collegiate team.
“I am happy for the four even if it means the Primes squad getting weak line-up heading into the local basketball tournaments scheduled later this year. We are conducting tryouts now to recruit and develop new players and hopefully, they can support the team,” Camacho added.