In basketball, not everything can be dominated by scoring.
Harold Arboleda of the Zamboanga-Family’s Brand Sardines was a living proof of that as he displayed his prowess on the defensive end, in rebounding, and making his teammates look better.
His traits were rewarded by the league when he was named as one of 10 players chosen in the All-MPBL Team.
The 6-foot-3 forward out of University of Perpetual Help was included in the MPBL All Second Team along with Leo Najorda of the Davao Occidental Tigers, Michael Mabulac, previously of the Laguna Heroes and now going to play for the Bacoor Strikers, John Wilson of the San Juan Knights and Jai Reyes of the Navotas Clutch.
Composing the All-MPBL First Team is eventual Sista Bida-Regular Season MVP Gab Banal of the Bacoor Strikers, Mark Yee of the Davao Occidental Tigers, Aris Dionisio and Chris Bitoon of the Manila Stars and Allan Mangahas of the Muntinlupa Cagers.
Arboleda churned up averages of 10.53 points and 11.47 rebounds per game. He had a total of 20 double-double outputs in his MPBL career.
For Arboleda, his hard work was just a tribute to the trust and confidence given to him by Zamboanga-Family’s Brand Sardines owner Anita Kaw.
“Hard work pays off talaga. The MPBL witnessed my passion and heart for playing basketball, kaya siguro ako napabilang sa All-MPBL team,” wrote Arboleda in an online interview with FOX PH.
“Siguro kung ano lang ung sinumulan ko nung naglaro ako sa MPBL, mas lalo ko pang sinipagan nung napunta ako ng Zamboanga. Syempre, dahil sa tiwala na binigay sa akin ng Zamboanga-Family’s Brand Sardines, lalo na si Ma’am Anita Kaw, sinuklian ko lang ang kabaitan ng mayari ng team. Ganun naman, bilang manlalaro at empleyado nila, kailangan namin suklian ung kabaitan at tiwala.”