It was a forgettable inaugural season for the Caloocan Supremos.
The Longrich-backed squad was the perennial cellar dweller in the first season of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL), only winning a single victory against eight losses in the single round elimination tournament.
Head coach John Kallos, in an exclusive phone interview with FOXSports.ph, said that change has to be done for the next season.
And change they did.
Same names, familiar faces
Asked who left the team, Kallos instead talked about who stayed. From the original roster, only five remained – Jan Colina, Jopher Custodio, Dawn Ochea, Cedric Labing-isa, and team top scorer Mar Villahermosa.
During the off-season, the Supremos have acquired the services of former FEU Tamaraws JR Cawaling and Paul Sanga who both have played in the PBA. Mark Sarangay and Joseph Nalos, who were teammates in the PBA D-League, reunite once again for Caloocan. Senator Manny Pacquiao’s cousin, Rene, completes the list of the off season acquistions.
With the remaining slot in the roster, Kallos and the coaching staff are just waiting for the local sports fest to end so that they can fill it up with hometown players. “Hinihintay namin kung sino ang mag-MVP saka yung mag-Mythical team (ng city sportsfest),” the coach said.
Expansion to next season
Just like most of the MPBL followers, the Supremos management were taken aback by the quick expansion of the league.
“Nagulat kami kasi ang daming bagong teams,” Kallos shared. “Additional expenses (due to the number of games), pero masaya kami dahil dumadami ang mga teams. Suporta lang sa gusto ni Senator (Manny Pacquiao).”
Unlike last season where they were like deers in headlights, the squad have been preparing early. They are practicing four times a week on the court with the other two days intended for gym work.
Kallos mentioned that the local government, headed by Mayor Oca Malapitan, has been supportive of them, especially with the logistics.
“Nanonood palagi si Mayor saka nagpapadala ng pagkain,” Kallos said.
And they vowed to return the support of the people of Caloocan.
“We are looking to improve from last year’s standing, para makita ng mga taga-Caloocan na palagi kaming palaban. Kahit hindi ganoon kasikat ang mga players namin, lalaban pa din kami.”