After a painful defeat, Batang PBA standout Xian Mamuak arrives in ‘Dream League’

No. 5 overall pick in PBA Draft Gian Mamuak.  PBA picture

No. 5 overall pick in PBA Draft Gian Mamuak. PBA picture

Just a few nights ago, Jian Mamuak squandered the opportunity to cap his collegiate career with a UAAP championship.

The Atenio captain earned more than a consolation prize on Sunday when he was drafted fifth overall by Rain or Shine Elastopainters, where he joined Mike Nieto and other former Blue Eagles of Anton Assistio.

“Two nights ago, I was recovering from a mental illness. I was really sorry, “she told reporters shortly after the proceedings at Ermita’s Robinsons Place in Manila on Sunday.

The Mammoths and Blue Eagles saw their three-year reign in the Premier varsity league end in a decisive Game 3 by the University of the Philippines, determined by a last-second triple that led the Maroons to a 72-69 overtime win.

Mamuak certainly has enough reason to keep that painful loss in the rearview mirror because he has come full circle in his basketball career, having become the champion standout at Batang PBA years ago.

“[H]I am here now, drafting the league of my dreams, ”he said. “Very happy. I’m excited for what will come next.”

On top of being ranked fifth out of 66 optimists, Mamuak, a combo guard who can play on both ends of the floor, selected Chot Reyes, director and head coach of the National Cage Program, as one of four new additions to the Glass Polypinas Talent Pool. .

“It simply came to our notice then. But I am very lucky to have been selected for the Glass, ”he said. “I would like to thank Coach Chot [national federation] For their trust and confidence. “

Mamuak promises to be the student he always was when he started a new chapter in his cage career under Painters coach Chris Gavina.

“I will try my best to do what the coach tells me to do,” he said.

He added: “I will try to help the team in any other way. INQ

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