Dondon Hontiveros quietly retires from the PBA

Paul Lintag on Sep 20, 2017 07:53 PM
Dondon Hontiveros quietly retires from the PBA
"On a daily basis, iba na yung routine. Pero there’s always something to look forward to." --- Dondon Hontiveros on what's next as he retires from the PBA after 17 years.

ANTIPOLO --- One of the best shooters the Philippines has ever seen is finally calling it quits.

After 17 years in the Philippine Basketball Association, Cebuano Hotshot Dondon Hontiveros is calling it a career, playing his final game for the Alaska Aces Wednesday at the Ynares Center here.

His final performance? A quiet two points and four rebounds in just over 21 minutes of play.

Don't let that fool you though, Hontiveros was a bad, bad man in the PBA and is truly an all-time great.

As a direct hire for Tanduay in the year 2000, Hontiveros' PBA career would take off after he joined the San Miguel Beermen two years later.

As the premier shooter for the PBA's winningest franchise, Hontiveros would turn into a consistent All-Star in the league and was a member of the national team in 2002 and 2007.

Dondon would also win two championships with the Beermen before he was shipped to Air 21 in 2011. He would briefly return to the San Miguel franchise later in the year and would later find himself playing for Alaska by 2012.

Hontiveros would play out the rest of his career with the Aces, winning one final championship in 2013.

He's also fourth in the all-time list for most 3-point shots made in PBA history behind only Jimmy Alapag, Allan Caidic, and Ronnie Magsanoc.

While there's still chances that another team might try to sign him, Hontiveros is perfectly content with his decision now to walk away from the game of basketball.

He says his focus now is to be there for his son.

"Right now, ine-enjoy ko muna yung moment with my teammates and reflect on what I have learned, and what I think I can improve on as a leader, as a teammate, or as a friend," the 40-year-old Hontiveros said.

"Kung ano man natutunan ko ngayon, swerte ako may anak ako na ite-train ko," he added.

With almost two decades spent in the Association. Hontiveros admits that the championships are the ones that he will miss most.

Those and playing for the Philippines of course. He was part of the Gilas Pilipinas program and made the team in 2011 and 2015.

“There’s too many to mention, pero I guess one of those yung championships, kasi hindi mo talaga ma-ano yun. Other than that, I guess, as a player, being part of the national team," he said.

"It’s really different to play for the national team, to represent the country. I’m lucky to be able to do that," Hontiveros added.

Asked regarding what's next, Hontiveros says that he'd still like to stay close to basketball althought it might be hard to actually figure out what to do now that's his daily routine will change drastically.

"On a daily basis, iba na yung routine. Pero there’s always something to look forward to," he said.




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