MPBL: Ex-pro Jojo Duncil continues basketball life with the QC Capitals

Santino Honasan on Jun 07, 2018 11:26 AM
MPBL: Ex-pro Duncil continues basketball life with Capitals
“Syempre masaya ako, kasi parang ito na yung naging buhay ko mula pagkabata ko eh, yung paglalaro, so ito nga, medyo masaya ako,”

What started as a friendly invitation to train became a new beginning in the basketball journey of Jojo Duncil.

A member of the 2006 UAAP Men’s Basketball Champion University of Santo Tomas squad, Duncil was drafted in the PBA in 2007, and bounced around seven teams in his eight-year stint in the pros.

Following a three year hiatus from basketball to focus on business, Duncil was invited by a friend to train with Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League club Quezon City Capitals.

“Ang nangyari dito, ang nag-start dito, may nag-invite sa akin na fellow Rotarian ko dito sa QC, na makikilaro lang kami.” Duncil told ABS-CBN Sports. “Tapos yun, na meet ko sina Coach Vis [Valencia], tsaka sina Coach Nel [Parado], coach ko sa UST dati, so sobrang out of shape ako, ang laki ko. Biniro nila ako na kung gusto ko maglaro sa kanila.”

After getting himself in shape, Duncil and the Capitals reached an agreement, thus giving the Pampanga native another chance at showcasing his skills on the basketball court.

For Duncil, it’s another chance to continue what he’s considered as his life ever since he was a kid.

“Syempre masaya ako, kasi parang ito na yung naging buhay ko mula pagkabata ko eh, yung paglalaro, so ito nga, medyo masaya ako,”

At 35 years old and with nearly a decade of experience in the highest level of basketball in the country, Duncil immediately assumes the role a leader on a relatively young Capitals squad.

For the former UAAP Finals MVP, leadership and experience is exactly what he intends to bring to the table.

“Gusto ko makatulong sa QC Capitals, gusto kong yung pagiging-experienced ko sa pagka-pro ko, kasi nag-usap kami ni Coach Vis na yun yung naging problema nila last conference, na pagdating ng end game, yung team kasi medyo bata pa, so kailangan ng beterano. Hopefully sana makatulong ako sa kanila, maibahagi ko yung experience ko kahit papaano.”

“Ang maitutulong ko diyan, nakikita ko na yung leadership, tsaka yung maturity sa loob ng court, sa dami ko na din na na-experience na ganyan.” Duncil added.

During the MPBL’s inaugural Anta Rajah Cup, the Capitals, albeit being one of the last teams to confirm their participation in the league, finished fifth out of ten teams and clinched a postseason berth, losing to Valenzuela in the quarterfinals.

Duncil believes that the Capitals have the talent and the heart to compete with the best that the MPBL has to offer, but just need a veteran ‘Kuya’ to guide the way. That’s where he comes in.

“Dun ko sila [matutulungan], yun yung nakikita ko, kasi nakikita ko yung mga player, competitive sila eh, magagaling sila pero kulang lang sa exposure. Ang kulang na lang sa kanila ay yung motivation, leadership ng isang kuya. Kuya na ako, yun ang maitutulong ko sa kanila, leadership.”

Already, ‘Kuya’ Jojo has established his voice with the Capitals.

Facing a long and grueling, potential ten-month season, Duncil has made it a point to remind his younger teammates to take care of themselves and keep their focus on the important things.

“26 teams, mahabang season, sinasabi ko sa mga bata alagaan namin yung sarili namin, kasi ang haba nito eh, ang haba ng season na ‘to so kailangan namin kundisyon, iwas na muna sa mga gimik, mag-focus muna dito kasi ito na yung chance, lalo na sa mga bata na gusto maka-akyat ng pro, sabi ko sa kanila na mag-sumikap sila, ito na yung chance nila.”

“Kailangan mag-ingat, ingatan yung sarili para tumagal sa liga.” Duncil added.

 

Watch Jojo Duncil and the Quezon City Capitals in the upcoming 2018 MPBL Datu Cup, starting June 12th on ABS-CBN S+A! 

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