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Victoria Sports ready to compete in PBA D-League

  • Written by A. Andaya
  • Published in Basketball
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WATCH out for newcomer Victoria  Sports-Manuel Luis Quezon University  in  the coming PBA D-League  on   Jan. 19 at the Ynares Sports Center.

To be handled by  veteran  coach  Jinino Manansala, Victoria  Sports-MLQU looks to compete with  a line-up beefed  up by the addition of  former  San Beda College  standout Russel Koga, Fil-foreigners   Zachary  Nicholls, Harold  James Herndon  and   John Ragasa and Aris Dionisio of NAASCU champion  St. Clare  College-Caloocan .
   
Koga, a  5-9 guard  who  made his name  as  a member of  Red Lions  champion teams  in  2012 to  2014,  is  expected to   bring his vast experience  to  Victoria Sports-MLQU.
   
“Malaki ang tiwala ko kay Russel. I  expect  him  to  bring his  championship  experience  with San  Beda and   serve as the leader of  our  young  players,”  Manansala told  People’s  Tonight.
   
“He (Koga)   is really a good addition  to our team,”added Manansala, son of PBA legend Jimmy Manansala.
   
Nicholls, a  6-2   forward  from Vancouver, Canada, was a vital cog in  Arellano University’s   successful  campaign in  last year’s NCAA where   it finished  runner-up to San Beda.
   
Herndorn , a  6-2  forward   from Canada while  Ragasa, a  5-9 guard  from  United Kingdom, will also  bring leadership to the young team.
   
They will be joined by   Dionisio, a 6-4 forward who led   the Saints to  the  NAASCU title. He was  also  named  as NAASCU  Most Valuable Player (MVP).
   
Victoria Sports-MLQU is  one  of the school-based teams  seeing action in the league.
   
The team is  fully  supported by New San Jose Builders of businessman-sportsman Jerry Acuzar.
   
Assisting Manansala  on the  bench are  his brother  J.R.  Manansala and Jeric Baylen  with Dr. Jay Adalem as consultant and Jomar Acuzar as  the  team manager.
   
Victoria Sports also  recently  signed up 6-0   Mike Ayonayon of  NAASCU member   Philippine  Christian  University.
   
Ayonayon, a  high-scoring guard,  will provide the offensive muscle to the team looking to make an  impression  on its first  year in the league.
   
Ayonayon  and  Von Tambeling emerged  as the  highest scoring  duo  for the PCU  Dolphins in the last year’s   NAASCU tournament.
   
Actually, Ayonayon was drafted by his PCU coach Ato Tolentino for  Wang’s Ballclub in  the  fourth  round  but  eventually  landed    with  Victoria Sports-MLQU.
   
Another player from University of  Batangas  -- 6-5 Cedric Mag-Isa -- will be tasked to   man the  middle for Victoria Sports-MLQU.