Realtors Arrive in Brunei

On: 26 August 2007

Sta. Lucia Realtors arrived in Brunei last 23 August 2007 to compete in the 7th Brunei Cup Basketball Championship. The team will be reinforced by former Coca-Cola import Anthony Johnson.

Johnson, who led Kansas Cagerz to capture the 2007 USBL championship with an amazing average of 16.4ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 50.3%, 3FGP: 35.7%, FT: 77.0%, boosts more the chances of the team.

This event will also be a chance to test how the two rookies, Ryan Reyes and Melvin Mamaclay, will adjust to the team’s run-and-gun system under Coach Boyet Fernandez. The Realtors also signed free agent Philip Buttel to complete its roster.

Philippine national team standout Kelly Williams (196-F-82, college: Oakland) was reported to be out of the competition to allow his recovery from a minor injury. Team insiders revealed that Williams was hurting even during the last FIBA Asian Championship in Japan, but still played to boost RP Team’s chances to get a slot in the Olympics. Unfortunately, the RP squad failed in their mission.

Despite Williams’ absence, it is expected that veterans and former national team members Marlou Aquino and Dennis Espino, together with the much improved Bitoy Omolon, will be providing additional firepower to the team.

Realtors can probably match up well against any teams in the tournament with Aquino, Espino, Omolon, Johnson and Reyes in the starting line-up.

Other participating teams are RP Harbour Centre National Team, Darwin Airport Resort All-Star, Jordan All-Star, Singapore Slingers and LG Sakers.

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