It's a Muyang-Sangalang fearsome frontcourt in Coach Bonnie Tan's NCAA First 5

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 17, 2020 04:28 PM
Muyang-Sangalang frontcourt in Coach Bonnie's NCAA First 5
Larry Muyang remains the man in the middle for coach Bonnie Tan's NCAA First 5

Bonnie Tan has been calling the shots for Colegio de San Juan de Letran from 2019 to present.

Before this, the always amiable mentor was at the helm for Lyceum of the Philippines University from 2011 to 2013.

Through all of that, he has had a hand in the discovery and the development of young talent for his teams as well as the game planning for the opposing rising stars.

Among all of those, who are the best of the best for him? Here is Bonnie Tan's NCAA First 5, as he told ABS-CBN Sports:


Muyang is the first and foremost reason Letran could no longer be called undersized.

The 6-foot-5 behemoth is the very definition of a paint presence and is the pillar of the Knights' legitimate contention.

Former coach Jeff Napa recruited and returned Muyang's confidence - and he only became better in his first year under coach Bonnie.


Before Muyang, there was another Kapampangan who made a living at the post.

Sangalang used all of his 6-foot-7 frame to will his way inside and win a championship and an MVP.

From the other sidelines, Coach Bonnie had, without a doubt, more than a few headaches thanks to him.


Balanza is the homegrown star turned head surgery survivor.

Having gotten through a life-threatening operation, the 6-foot-2 swingman no longer had any fear once he was cleared to play again.

And in his last year, he only inspired his teammates to be just as courageous - all the way to the championship.


Bolick was the biggest thorn on the side of Letran in coach Bonnie's turn as team manager.

In fact, the 6-foot-1 playmaker went undefeated against San Beda's archrival.

And so, coach Bonnie is nothing but relieved that "Big Shot Bolick" is now his lead guard over at NorthPort.


The reason Jalalon was dubbed as "Bus Driver" by ABS-CBN Sports analysts was because he took everybody to school.

And on more than one occasion, coach Bonnie and his LPU teams were taken for a ride by the primetime playmaker.


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