We’ve seen how Jhonard Clarito, a talented player who was rarely given much prominence after playing for the De Ocampo Memorial College Cobras in the NCRAA, makes his mark in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League after he emerged as the Finals hero while helping the San Juan Knights in winning the Datu Cup.
This time, his collegiate teammate, Dahrell Caranguian, wants to follow that path to stardom while playing for the Quezon City Capitals-Wemsap and the spitfire guard had shown his potential in his team’s last two wins.
He has averaged 11.5 points, five rebounds and 5.5 assists per game and shown a lot of promise in the absence of second-generation cager Aaron Black.
For Caranguian, the MPBL serves as a good platform for players like him who have opportunities of taking center stage.
“Magandang liga talaga itong MPBL kasi madaming natutulungan na players,” said Caranguian. “Hard work lang ako para makamit ko yung pangarap ko.”
Caranguain is one among the newcomers picked up by the Capitals this season to take over the spot vacated by more illustrious players like Jay Collado, Hesed Gabo, Andoy Estrella, and Alwyn Alday among others.
Basketball experts considered the Capitals not among the favorites in this tournament put up by Senator Manny Pacquiao with PBA legend and former MVP Kenneth Duremdes serving as commissioner, but Caranguian and co. are proving them otherwise.
“Kapag naririnig ko yun, kailangan naming i-prove na malakas pa rin kami,” added Caranguian, a former MVP in the NCRAA. “Ang maganda sa QC yung jelling namin maganda, on and off the court.”
For Quezon City coach Vis Valencia, discovering new stars has always been his objective and he’s more than willing to provide it to young players who want to take their game to a higher level.
“That’s always been my goal,” added Valencia. “Every game, every conference, I want my players to shine. I’m the one adjusting with my players para mas lumabas yung laro nila. I’m looking at their comfort. I’m happy for the three seasons, maraming nadi-discover.
But Valencia had apprehensions and that is the fear of losing players who have shone with his team and would eventually wind up with other teams.
“Sana lang huwag mawala,” he added. “Nawawala kasi eh. Kinukuha ng ibang teams.”