Arellano unearths hidden gem in NBTC standout Dimaunahan

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 13, 2016 01:52 PM
Arellano unearths hidden gem in NBTC standout Dimaunahan
MANILA-BOUND. Reyger Dimaunahan is taking his talents from Lipa, Batangas to Sampaloc, Manila.

Proudly doing so, the NBTC serves as a stage where young talent from all over the country – and not just Metro Manila – can showcase what they got.

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas-sanctioned program got another feather in its cap with the breakout star in this year’s tournament Reyger Dimaunahan making it into the big-time basketball program of Arellano High School.

“We’ve decided to transfer to Arellano,” Dimaunahan’s mother, Shella, told ABS-CBN Sports.

Dimaunahan led the De La Salle Lipa Chevrons to the first-ever NBTC Division 2 championship all while also being hailed as Finals and All-Star Game MVP. He was so impressive that UAAP champion Mike Tolomia, who was his All-Star coach, had to say, “Sa age niya, mas magaling pa siya sa akin.”

He then continued, “Magaling, magaling yung bata. Kaya na nga niyang sumabay sa mga nasa Manila,” he said.

Shella shared that their decision to uproot Reyger from DLSL was made easier because Arellano chairman Francisco Cayco is a family relative. “It was all about his (Reyger’s) comfortability with his new school,” she said.

The 16-year-old nephew of former of former pro Aries Dimaunahan will begin practicing with the Braves on Friday and will compete alongside them in the 2016 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament. Only a Grade 10 student, he will have at least two years of eligibility in the NCAA.

According to his mother, other schools that had interest in Dimaunahan included Adamson High School, Chiang Kai Shek College, University of Perpetual Help, and University of Sto. Tomas.

Even with all the praise and a trifecta of 30-point outings he had in the big stage of the MOA Arena back in the NBTC, the  Batangueno remained modest in saying, “Ang saya lang po maglaro sa MOA.”


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