Asean Basketball League veteran to join AMA in D-League

January 18, 2019

DETERMINED to rebound from last season's disappointment in the PBA D-League,  AMA Online Education recently signed top rookie pick Joshua Munzon and second round selection Kib Montalbo.

The Titans, who finished dead last in the Aspirants' and Foundation Cup, are expecting to figure prominently this year with a team built around  Munzon and Montalbo.

The 24-year old Munzon had stints with the Saigon Heat and the Westports Malaysia Dragons in the ASEAN Basketball League before deciding to take his act to the D-League.

Montalbo, on the other hand, played for La Salle and won two UAAP championships.

AMA had also signed free agents MJ Dela Virgen of Jose Rizal University and Von Tambeling of Philippine Christian University to boost its stock.

A total of 61 aspirants were picked from the field of 151 candidates and the proceeding reached as far as the 20th round in the draft held last Tuesday at the PBA Office in Libis, Quezon City.

Marinerong Pilipino made Santi Santillan as the second pick overall in process landing a dependable big man. The Cebuano slotman is fresh from his two-year stint with the Green Archers.

Go for Gold took in Pampanga big man Jeremiah Pangalangan at third, Che'Lu Bar and Grill selected Adamson's Sean Manganti at fourth, and Wang's teams   picked Troy Rike of National University at No. 5.

Completing the first round selections are Kristo Torrado of Diliman College at sixth, Christian Nidoy of Trinity at seventh, and Jerome Villanueva of McDavid at eighth.

Notable players who slid out of the first round were Anton Asistio of Marinerong Pilipino in the fourth round, Juan Gomez de Liaño and Jasper Parker of Che'Lu in the sixth and seventh rounds, respectively.

A record field of 20 teams will compete in the new D-League season - which will have only one tournament this year - slated to open on Feb. 14 at the Ynares Sports Arena.