Players to watch out for in the MPBL Lakan Cup
Migs Bustos on Jun 26, 2019 09:42 AM
Bacolod's Mac Tallo is showing new life in the MPBL
The MPBL Lakan Cup is underway with a total of 31 tough and competitive teams. Its growth and popularity is vastly gaining traction to the Filipino basketball fan. But with its growth, it's also important to keep track of players who have and are consistently making an impact for their teams and the league.
Here's a list of some of the players to watch out for this season.
1. Aris Dionisio - Forward, Manila Stars
The reigning defensive player of the year has always been all business. No frills, nothing flashy in his game as he always gets the job done. The ball may not start with him but Dionisio makes sure that he always finishes hard and strong whether off the plays, offensive rebounds and defensive stops.
This double-double machine scored 21 points, grabbed 12 boards and the made the game-winning block against the Quezon City Captials. He also went 10 for 10 from the field in a dominant win against Nueva Ecija in just 22 minutes.
2. Mac Tallo - Guard, Bacolod
After being around gaining his ground in collegiate and professional hoops, Mac Tallo is slowly finding his place in the MPBL. Tallo, who played for Southwestern University in the CESAFI, was drafted by TNT KaTropa in 2017 and last played for the NLEX Road Warriors.
Tallo is a gifted scorer and one-on-one player. He epitomizes "nagkakape sa ere" because of his hangtime coupled with the ability to evade defenders with his handles.
In his debut game in the MPBL, he scored 31 points, dished out six assists and an anchor on defense with six steals against the Mindoro Tamaraws. Tallo is a legitimate go-to-guy who can hit big shots down the stretch.
3. Chris Dechavez - Guard, Valenzuela Classic
Dechavez reminds me of Rashard Lewis since he can play the forward and guard positions. Tall for a guard and long for a 3, he creates mismatches with his height, quickness and ability to move off the ball with ease. Dechavez can hit threes off a catch and shoot, off a pull-up, or even from a pick-and-pop. He made an MPBL record nine three pointers versus Paranaque, resulting to 29 points. Former teammate Mikee Reyes calls him "the best shooter in the league" this season.
4. Mark Montuano - Forward, Bacoor Strikers
Undersized, stocky, yet ultra-effective. Montuano brings back the lost art of the perimeter game to the MPBL. I am in awe of his consistent jump shot and he makes a living out of it. One of the under the radar players to watch out for, he brings that much needed firepower which the Bacoor Strikers need to complement Gab Banal. Montuano earned best player honors against Imus Bandera after scoring 18 points grabbing six rebounds.
5. Gerald Anderson - Guard, Imus Bandera
When Gerald Anderson expressed intent to join the league, some basketball fans knew that he’s got game and can compete in the league. A big improvement in minutes from last season, he has started in his first two games with Imus Bandera. Anderson averages 10.5 points, and 2.5 rebounds in close to 22 minutes in their first two games. He also started in those games and is slowly proving to be a spark plug because of his energy on both ends of the floor.