Cebuanos to be building blocks for new Tiger Cubs coach Jinino Manansala

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 02, 2020 01:37 PM
Cebuanos to be building blocks for new Tiger Cubs coach
Jinino Manansala (third from left) has been entrusted by Aldin Ayo to take charge of UST's Jrs. program (Photo by Arvin Lim)

University of Sto. Tomas' future rests on the shoulders of Cebuanos.

After securing the services of CESAFI Jrs. MVP LA Casinillo, UST's Jrs. program is now also welcoming with open arms two more promising prospects hailing from Cebu in 6-foot-3 Nick Cabanero and 6-foot-2 Raymund Escobido.

Those three will then join forces with holdover and now-top gun Jacob Cortez, the son of De La Salle University great Mike Cortez.

While the Tiger Cubs seem to be guard-heavy, the influx of talent is nothing but a welcome development for new head coach Jinino Manansala.

Manansala, who served as Aldin Ayo's assistant with the Growling Tigers a season ago, will be taking over for Bonnie Garcia who called the shots for the last two years.

It's some sort of homecoming for coach Jinino who suited up for the black and gold from 1999 to 2003.

Not long after, Manansala went into a coaching career and guided St. Clare College of Caloocan to a four-peat in the NAASCU.

Now, he will be tasked to oversee the growth of Espana's future homegrown key cogs.

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