‘Pinoy cagers as imports good for PH’

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    NORTHPORT coach Pido Jarencio is all for Filipino players trying their luck abroad, maintaining it would benefit Philippine basketball in the long run.

    “Pagbalik dito ng mga iyan siguradong ang tindi ng kumpiyansa nila,” Jarencio told Malaya-Business Insight.

    “Mantakin mo, naglaro ka bilang import? Tapos ilagay mo pa iyung experience na na-gain nila. Kaya siguradong mag-i-improve pati laro nila.”

    Jarencio issued this reaction to Ateneo star Thirdy Ravena deciding to play as an Asian import in Japan’s B. League.

    Much earlier, Kai Sotto also signed up to play for the Select Team of the NBA G-League as he pursues his dream of making it to the No. 1 pro league in the world while Fil-Kiwi Ken Tuffin, Far Eastern U team skipper, is currently plying his wares in the New Zealand NBL.

    In an interview posted in the sports website spin.ph, self-exiled Greg Slaughter, currently in the US, claimed he is also being wooed by some international teams.

    Other Filipino players are also being reportedly lured by other Asian leagues.

    Jarencio has no problem with that, maintaining those players will all land in the PBA sooner or later.

    “Babalik at babalik dito ang mga iyan at sa PBA rin ang bagsak ng mga iyan,” said the Batang Pier tactician.

    “Remember, magagaling na mga iyan, kaya nga kinuha o kinukuha sila aborad. At kapag nasa PBA na ang mga iyan, kung ano man ang magagandang natutunan nila sa abroad madadala nila sa (PBA) team nila,” added Jarencio.

    “Pag nagkaganoon, mas lalong mapapabuti para sa Philippine basketball.”