BMEG Dehado?

Remember what I said a couple of articles back about Jerwin Gaco being Mikee Romero’s most favourite minion (next to Erick Arejola)? Well, Gaco has signed with the BMEG Derby Ace Llamados. A familiar face for Gaco are former Harbour Centre coach George Gallent and former Harbour Centre teammate Jonathan Fernandez. Gaco also played for a streetball 3-on-3 hoop tourney with James Yap and Paul Artadi.

Don Allado is still negotiating for a better contract and Romel Adducul contract will be worked on whatever happens to the Allado talk. Smart money tells me that Adducul should find other opportunities where he can prosper. Barako needs a center and Meralco, Powerade, and Alaska are notables who are in search for a frontline boost... maybe they can find a way to give this General from San Sebastian the proper send off he deserves.

However, the best thing for Adducul as of this moment is to stick with Llamados.

If there’s any team that needs a big man right now... it is them.

This is perhaps why Allado is trying to land a better deal. BMEG will be playing next season minus Kerby Raymundo and Marc Pingris. Both players will undergo major surgeries that would make them unavailable in perhaps two of the three conferences (the PBA has restructured back to their three-conference format). As of the moment, they have Jondan Salvador, Rafi Reavis, Gaco, and rookie Pari Llagas rotating for the PF and C positions. Reavis is a defensive player while Gaco and Llagas are untested offensively. Salvador, like Richard Yee, was supposedly Alvin Patrimonio’s heir apparent but all hopes were dashed when he got injured and slowly drifted to the dark part of the rotation. Yee, escaped obscurity and had a good season in Burger King before he was benched again and was traded to Barako.

We also need to mention that James Yap underwent a minor surgery and he is constantly being swayed by Smart-Gilas to join their crew.

KG Canaleta, an offensive beanpole who is more comfortable playing outside the arc than inside, will be an option for new coach George Gallent. Gallent was Ryan Gregorio’s assistant coach but with Gregorio moving to Meralco, the multi-titled PBL coach will try to bring his winning tradition in the pro circuit.

The current BMEG squad isn’t as powerful as last season. In addition to the loss of Pingris, Raymundo, and Coach Ryan, the Llamados lost assistant coach Ronnie Magsanoc (who joined Gregorio at Meralco) and Paul Artadi, who will now be playing as a San Miguel Beermen. Artadi and Pingris were brought back to the squad last season and the outcome was a Philippine Cup championship and a Fiesta Cup semis berth. Artadi is the fourth player after Cris Bolado, Romel Adducul, and Enrico Villanueva to don all three SMC colors (Bolado had four – he joined Coca-Cola when it was still an SMC squad). Taking Artadi’s place in BMEG is Jonas Villanueva – San Miguel ace playmaker who everyone thought was the heir apparent of Olsen Racela (before Alex Cabagnot joined the Beermen). Another rookie added was Val Acuna, who just like James Yap, Llagas, and Canaleta, is a former UE Red Warrior.

With a new coach and a decimated nucleus I doubt if BMEG can push for a title run this season. Perhaps if the big men prevail and Roger Yap and Peter June Simon could have better shooting percentages, maybe this team could shock people.

I’m guessing the SMC bigwigs will try to massage the rules anew and get a “conduit” so that they can scramble the BMEG roster.

Wait... I’m not guessing...

It’s a fact.

Game over.


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