#Squadgoals: Bonded bros from the NCAA panel
Barry Viloria on Sep 09, 2015 12:17 PM
What we see on TV = basketball lovers. What we don't see = a band of bonded brothers. (Photos by Ian Castaņares)
On TV, they seem too relaxed and all knowing as they deliver the goings-on of every NCAA game they commentate for. What happens behind the scenes right inside The Arena in San Juan, however, is a different story. In real life, Anton Roxas, Andrei Felix, Mikee Reyes, Martin Antonio, Migs Bustos, and the rest of the NCAA panelists try their best to absorb the shots scored, players who’ve committed fouls, controversial ref decisions made, and all the other elements that make every game a (boisterous) spectacle—all while having the composure to deliver it to the viewers watching from their screens.
But when the cameras stop rolling, many of these guys go out and do things together like most barkadas would: working out, playing ball, partying, getting drunk. They remain... good friends.
“I’m so happy that the team is solid!” Andrei, one of the kuyas of the team, says. “We formed the group outside from the professional team na close kami eh. It rarely happens even in the other leagues.”
Anton follows, “(Our friendship is) unique. I’ve been with ABS-CBN Sports for six years and I’ve never had this much fun with a Broadcast Team before. Talents don’t normally hang out after work because each person has his or her thing going on. But this particular group loves to hang out!”
Check out these things that make their bromance worth following!
They gorge on food together!
Having late dinner with my brothers, @antonroxas and @migsbustos, after the #NCAASeason91 coverage and our pick-up basketball game here at @cafelimaph!!!👍🏼 Great place and wonderful food!!🙌🏼 Try it out guys!!😄 Thank you Kuya @chrisdtan and Ate @sherilynrtan!!! Congratulations!!👏🏼 We'll be back with the whole #NCAAFam next time!!!👍🏼😉 #Repost @sherilynrtan with @repostapp. ・・・ Thanks Andrei and company 😍
They try to carry out their basketball dreams aka "frustrations" by playing, well, basketball together.
We may have lost in the finals to #TeamAlcaraz (@marcoalcaraz @rambotronic_nunez @chefjosesarasola @derrickhubalde), but @_marcobenitez, @antonroxas, @o_racela and I are still very grateful to make it that far!!👊🏼 That was fun!!😄🏀 Thank you @singsoncarlo @d_rey188 @nbaphils and congratulations for having a very successful #NBA3XPH again!!!🙌🏼👏🏼😁 #TeamAbsCbnSportsAndAction #Repost @antonroxas with @repostapp. ・・・ Team ABS-CBN Sports+Action Stars ⭐️: @antonroxas @_marcobenitez @andreifelix and @o_racela 🏀 #NBA3XPH 🇵🇭
They go to parties. Like, birthday parties.
They can be such a joke—like, literally! And we’d still think they’re cool!
They go to the gym together. And when they do… #beastmode!
They are every bit of the word "man-crush"…
#UAAPSeason78 is only 12 days away! Congratulations to @jeaninebeatrice (DLSU) and @lauralehmann1 (ADMU) for earning another stint as Courtside Reporters for ABS-CBN Sports! Please wait for me. I'll get to work with you two again soon enough. 😉 Also, get to know the 6 new CSR's by tuning in to the live chat on Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 6:30 P.M. here >>> http://bit.ly/1WNRjWP 💻
Happy 25th birthday, @antonroxas! One of the few dudes that really made my transition from the court to the sidelines as easy as its been. Appreciate the love, big bro! Pumped to continue working w you!👌🏾 #PabebeBoys #BTS And bec it's his birthday, he was given the chance to choose who his analyst today would be. So yeah, i guess im working w the birthday boy later this afternoon.. LOL! NCAA Friday triple header starts at 12! Pabebe boys got you at 2pm 👌🏾 #LPUvsSSCR #NCAASeason91 #blessedAF
They can rock the color pink. Effortlessly.
And most of all, they love their job—making them a bunch of lovable ball-addicted bros we can't help but idolize!