While waiting for his time to shine in the pros, Blackwater rookie playmaker Almond Vosotros is glad he was loaned to Gilas Cadet, which is currently preparing for the SEABA Cup set to start this May 22 in Bangkok, Thailand.
The 5-foot-9 Vosotros only played 12 games during his first 2 conferences as a rookie for the Elite.
His best game as a pro was a 7-point-1-rebound effort in Blackwater’s 106-83 loss to Meralco last March 18 in the Commissioner’s Cup.
But at Gilas Cadet, Vosotros said he now gets the chance to hone his skills further and hopefully, contribute to the national team’s championship bid.
The top 2 teams in the SEABA Cup will get automatic seats in the FIBA Asia Challenge set this September in Iran.
“Sobrang saya ko na makalaro ulit sa Gilas Cadet, at the same time magandang chance din na maka-gain ng confidence since alam naman natin sa PBA, kailangan ready ka lang kung kelan ka gagamitin,” the former La Salle stalwart told FOX Sports before Gilas Cadet’s practice.
Vosotros said the memory of Gilas Cadet’s triumph in last year’s Southeast Asian Games men’s basketball is still fresh in his mind.
The sweet-shooting guard actually buried several three-point shots in the crucial stretch to help Gilas Cadet overcome Thailand’s gutsy stand in the semifinals.
While the Gilas Cadet won’t have the luxury of a tall front line in the SEABA Cup, Vosotros feels they have a solid core to rely on due to the presence of TNT rookie Troy Rosario, PBA D-League Aspirants Cup MVP Mac Belo, along with Mike Tolomia, Roger Pogoy, Russell Escoto and Jio Jalalon.
“Kulang man kami sa bigs, pero kaya naman namin kasi sobrang experienced na nung Mga kasama ko dito,” he said.
After the SEABA Cup, the Blackwater freshman playmaker will be flying to
Malaysia where the Elite will be participating in the 6-nation tournament in Penang. – By Richard Dy
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