ABL: With Javelona and Raymundo, Alab Pilipinas as deep as ever

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 26, 2018 12:53 PM
ABL: With Javelona and Raymundo, Alab as deep as ever
The cavalry has come for Alab Pilipinas just in the nick of time in the form Pao Javelona and Pamboy Raymundo

Josh Urbiztondo didn’t play – and of course, didn’t start – for Alab Pilipinas for the first time in the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League.

In his place, Pao Javelona got his first-ever start in a professional league.

Not only did the pride of National University get the job done, he exceeded expectations with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds in the Filipinos’ 101-63 romp of Indonesia’s CLS last Sunday.

While he had been told beforehand that Urbiztondo would be resting and he would be starting, Javelona was still surprised he would be that effective – especially in rebounding against the likes of hulking Brian Williams and length Shane Edwards. “Actually, nagulat ako na nag-double-double ako lalo na sa rebounds pa,” he said through chuckles.

He then continued, “But it’s an achievement for me lalo na I’m a guard.”

Indeed, the six-foot guard sent a statement that he’s ready and raring for more responsibility with the playoffs rolling along. “It feels so good to know na all the hard work paid off. Thank you to coach Jimmy (Alapag) and my teammates for trusting and believing in me,” he shared.

He then continued, “Gusto ko lang suklian yung tiwala nila sa akin by playing hard every game.”

The same goes for Pamboy Raymundo who also turned in his best outing of the season during the game. “Masaya ako na, at least, nabigay ko yung pinaka-best ko para sa team,” he said after scoring a team-high 20 points off the bench.

With Alab already assured of the three-seed, and still hoping for the two-seed, Raymundo vowed that he will continue to be prepared whenever his name would be called. “Kung mabibigyan ako ni coach nang mas mahabang minute, hindi ko sasayangin kasi sayang naman yung effort ko sa practice. Imagine, two hours before every practice, nandun na ako at nag-eextra tapos after practice, nag-eextra pa rin,” he said.

He then continued, “Sabi nila mapapagod ako sa ginagawa ko, pero ang iniisip ko, para sa team naman yung ginagawa ko.”

And so, whoever the Filipinos will be matched up against, they will have to face a point guard rotation that will have the always steady Urbiztondo as well as the newly confident Javelona and Raymundo.

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