PATRIOTS NO MORE | Baloria, De Guzman bolt from Parañaque to join Pampanga

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JUNERIC Baloria is coming home.

The pride of Pampanga has decided to leave the Paranañque Patriots camp to join the Lanterns, one of the expansion teams in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League.

But Baloria wasn’t the only one to leave the Patriots as his former teammate, Daniel de Guzman, another key player of the squad, joined him in Pampanga’s promising team that also has ex-Ginebra shooting guard Jimbo Aquino and local stalwarts like Allen Enriquez, Jeric Nacpil, Ed Rivera, Marlon Gomez and Marvin Moraga among others.

Team manager Simon Mangio confirmed to FOX Sports Philippines this latest development and sent photos of Baloria showing the signed contract as well as Aquino.

Baloria was one of the biggest reasons for Parañaque’s drive to the Final Four. He has averaged close to 14 points per game (seventh-best in the league) and was also in the top 10 among the best three-point shooters in the league.

He, along with Aquino, gives the Lanterns a 1-2 scoring punch from the perimeter.

Aquino, a 6-foot-3, former MVP in the NCAA, was a first-round draftee of Barangay Ginebra in the 2009 Rookie Draft. He was one among the key players of the San Sebastian Stags that won the championship the same year.

De Guzman, a 6-foot-5 center/forward, was one among the top 10 best rebounders in the MPBL last conference, averaging nearly eight boards per contest. His inclusion will provide the Lanterns an instant energy guy.